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Mummy and Painted Cartonnage of an Unknown Woman
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Mummy and Painted Cartonnage of an Unknown Woman


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Description Mummification preserved mortal remains in order to house the Ka, or life force of the individual, as it needed to return to the body to find sustenance. The human-shaped covering, called "cartonnage," is composed of layers of linen and plaster. Its painted decoration includes the floral wreath on the wig, a broad collar, and a winged scarab beetle. Five additional registers of decoration show the protective four sons of Horus, the sacred boat of the funerary-deity Sokar, a mummy of Osiris on a funerary bed, a divine falcon god, and a short hieroglyphic text with an offering formula. See the additional media for a facial reconstruction of the mummy, courtesy of Michael Brassell, as well as a color reconstruction of the cartonnage.
Conservation

Exhibitions
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance [Excavated at Deir el-Bahri by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Egyptian Expedition, Winter of 1930-1931, by Ambrose Lansing]; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, ca. 1930-1931; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by exchange.
Inscriptions [Translation] "The king gives an offering to Osiris."
Credit Museum acquisition by exchange with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1941

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Period
ca. 850-750 BC (Third Intermediate)
Medium
mummy in cartonnage, with paint
(Mummies & Cartonnage)
Accession Number
79.1
Measurements
H: 65 3/4 x W: 18 1/8 x D: 10 13/16 in. (167 x 46 x 27.5 cm)
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