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 red with detailing in darker red ochre. Surface appears varnished. On the back is coarse weave linen and a black resinous like substance. 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): Damaged fingers, surface loss, textile on underside of hand, discolouration, label adhered to surface, surface dirt.