Right Fist Holding Folded Cloth
Hands on wooden, anthropoid coffins were usually crossed over the chest to resemble depictions of the god Osiris. They were frequently modeled and attached separately by means of pegs, a hole for which is visible in the middle of the flat hand with rings (3).
The hand originally belonged to the coffin of a woman, while the clenched fist holding a short stave (4) is characteristic of men’s coffins. An unusual and damaged inscription on the fist, running from the knuckles to the wrist, appears to be the name of the deceased. The yellow hue of both hands evokes the Egyptian belief that gods, and thus the deceased associated with them, have golden skin.
- Medium: Wood, plaster, pigment
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 1075-656 B.C.
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 5 9/16 x 2 1/16 x 5 7/8 in. (14.2 x 5.3 x 15 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.2041.13E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Right Fist Holding Folded Cloth, 1075-656 B.C. Wood, plaster, pigment, 5 9/16 x 2 1/16 x 5 7/8 in. (14.2 x 5.3 x 15 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2041.13E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (73%)