Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane with a cut out square section. The face (or “mask”) was carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. A sculptured wooden wig would have been affixed to the head by pegs. This construction technique was widely used during the First Intermediate Period and Late Period (1069 BC – 332 BC). The back is marked in black "Memphis" by a previous collector. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, dry and splitting, residue on face, discolouration, surface dirt.