Coffin Fragment



Right hand and forearm from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin with extended fingers The front is naturalistically formed with an applied layer of plaster which is painted red with detailing for the fingers in black, and a bracelet in green and yellow. The back surface is a flat plane. Two dowel holes are cut into the palm and the forearm. 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). CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete,dry, surface loss, splitting, loss of pigment, surface dirt