Coffin Fragment



Left hand from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. Front is prepared with plaster and painted yellow with detailing in red and a trace of a polychrome bracelet. Surface appears varnished. 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). R. de Rustafjaell collection? CONDITION NOTE (1998): Some cracking surface dirt, surface loss and decoration.