Fragment of Cartonnage from Breast of Mummy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
After death, Egyptians hoped to merge with both the sun-god Re and the king of the dead, Osiris. The deity resulting from the fusion of these two gods was called Re-Osiris. He was represented as a ram with horns and a sun disk on his head. This image was sometimes added to a coffin to help the deceased join with the gods.
The deceased merged with the sun-god Re to travel with the sun across the sky to the West, where the entrance to the afterlife was thought to lie. The departed combined with Osiris, king of the afterlife, to live eternally in the next world.
ca. 945-656 B.C.E.
Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 25 (probably)
Third Intermediate Period
9 1/4 x 10 11/16 x 1/4 in. (23.5 x 27.1 x 0.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of cartonnage from the breast of a coffin, depicting a winged, ram-headed scarab; above this, a row of petals from a collar. Painted and varnished.
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Fragment of Cartonnage from Breast of Mummy, ca. 945-656 B.C.E. Cartonnage, pigment, 9 1/4 x 10 11/16 x 1/4 in. (23.5 x 27.1 x 0.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1531E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1531E_PS4.jpg)
overall, 37.1531E_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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