Coffin Fragment



Right hand from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin with extended fingers The front is naturalistically formed with an applied layer of plaster which is painted pinkish-red. The back surface is a flat plane. A dowel hole is cut into 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). CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, splitting, dry, surface loss, surface dirt.