Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. 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 front is marked in white chalk with an annotation by a previous collector. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Splitting, loss of decoration, sellotape on back, chalk writing on face.