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Cartonnage and Mummy

Catalogue Description:
At time of acquisition, object was described as "Mummy of a man in decorated cartonnage." According to the catalogue sheets for 52.128a-d, in the summer of 1956 the cartonnage was removed from the mummy, the mummy was unwrapped, and the linens and necklace were removed from the mummy as well. The following descriptions and conditions for "a-d" are taken from the catalogue sheets prepared by John D. Cooney which are dated September 10, 1957: a) Cartonnage from the mummy of a man. Painted plaster on linen; made as an overlay on mummy from head to waist. Face bearded, hands clasp glass cup and fillet. At bottom, debased Sokaris bark flanked by jackals etc. Moulded wreath on forehead, brilliant colors. Condition: Removed from the intact mummy in summer of 1956 and mounted under glass. Paint lightly rubbed in spots but general condition excellent. b) Necklace (apparently amuletic) removed from neck of mummy. Long, single stand of grass woven into rope with open end at front. This end closed with single strand on which are fastened segments of leaves, duplicated in three similar strands above. Attached to necklace at front center in plain wooden mason's square pierced three times. Condition: In general good but materials are very dry and fragile. Some leaves are broken. c-d) Pair of plain linen sheets, fringed ends, which formed the outer wrappings of the mummy. Fairly coarse weave. Perhaps household linen used for funerary purposes. No marks on these pieces or any of the companion pieces (disposed of with mummy). Of interest only as dated linen of very late date. Condition: Good. A few holes and stains. Fabric is flexible. The fringe is rather worn, suggesting that linen was long in use. e) Mummy In 2010 the mummy was re-wrapped reuniting the necklace, linens, and cartonnage. See Conservation Report prepared by Conservator Jakki Godfrey.


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