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Footcase of a Mummy with Images of Defeated Enemies Under the Feet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

A footcase was an additional luxury item for the deceased. Here, on the bottom of the footcase, the enemies of the deceased are depicted. Thus when the deceased stands, he crushes his enemies.
MEDIUM Plaster, pigment, gold leaf
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1st century C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 13/16 x 10 3/16 x 5 1/2 in. (25 x 25.8 x 13.9 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One cartonnage footcase of a mummy. Bottom: Two bound captives are painted in brown with green hair on the bottoms of the sandals. Geometric borders surround the sandals. Top: The gold sandaled feet are well raised from the rest of the case. The rest of the top surface is decorated with basket weave pattern. The end and sides of the case are decorated with a geometric band with flowers and wadjet eyes. Condition: Excellent. Plaster cracked in area and slightly scraped in others.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Footcase of a Mummy with Images of Defeated Enemies Under the Feet, ca. 1st century C.E. Plaster, pigment, gold leaf, 9 13/16 x 10 3/16 x 5 1/2 in. (25 x 25.8 x 13.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.89. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.89_top_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE top, 73.89_top_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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