Coffin Fragment



Right hand from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin, damaged by termites (white ants). The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. There is a large peg hole passing through the palm. Hands on anthropoid coffins were carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. This construction technique is characteristic of coffins made in the late New Kingdom and the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period (about 1100 BC – 715 BC). Marked with a ?grave number in black. Recorded as being from Sedment. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, dry, friable surface, residue of yellow pigment.