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Funerary Shroud

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Linen, pigment, gold leaf
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 1st century B.C.E. or later
    PERIOD Late Ptolemaic to Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 37.1815Ea: 16 15/16 x 19 5/16 in. (43 x 49 cm) 37.1815Eb: 26 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (68 x 34 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1815Ea-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A piece of fine linen, painted and gilded and decorated with black, white and red. Larger piece shows decoration for upper half of body: neck painted pink with gilt beard, broad collar over which a gold necklace hung suspending a lotus flower. Flail and handle of crook (?) are shorter and below an elaborate shrine with Isis and Nephthys adoring (Amon?). Second piece has scenes in 3 registers: 1) ploughing, 2) row of divinities, 3) 2 sphinxes. There is a column of inscription on left side which is selvedged. Fringe on bottom.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Funerary Shroud, 1st century B.C.E. or later. Linen, pigment, gold leaf, 37.1815Ea: 16 15/16 x 19 5/16 in. (43 x 49 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1815Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1815Ea_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1815Ea_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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