Coffin Fragment



Life-size yellow painted right foot from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin, with detailing in red for lines and white for nails. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. Feet 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) . Like similar coffin fragments from the Robert de Rustafjaell collection and most probably purchased at Sotheby's, London, 19-21 December 1906 lot 411D "A large number of Masks, Hands, and other parts of wooden Mummy cases; mostly painted in colour". CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, damage to toes, dry wood, loss of surface decoration, surface dirt.