Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood that has been prepared with plaster and painted white with details in black. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. The face, or “mask”, was carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. A sculptured wooden wig would have been affixed to the head by pegs. This construction technique was widely used during the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period (1069 BC – 332 BC). Label on the back, "Ancient Egyptian. Face from a mummy case. From Gurob about 900 BC." CONDITION NOTE (1998): Surface loss, surface dirt, damage to nose, wood is dry, black residue on back, label adhered to surface.