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Beaded Netting for a Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Attached to a linen shroud, this type of bead net covered the mummy from just below the shoulders to the feet. It was once adorned with faience figures of a winged scarab and the Four Sons of Horus. Blue bead nets were believed to assure rebirth by linking the deceased to Osiris and the sky goddess Nut. These gods were often depicted wearing bead net garments that were in fashion during the Old Kingdom, almost two millennia earlier.
MEDIUM Faience, glazed
DATES 760-656 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXV Dynasty
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 13 x 1/4 x 59 1/16 in. (33 x 0.7 x 150 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1814E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Beaded Netting for a Mummy, 760-656 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 13 x 1/4 x 59 1/16 in. (33 x 0.7 x 150 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1814E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1814E_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.1814E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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