Golden Mummies : Cover for a mummified body

Golden Mummies

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This cartonnage (linen and plaster) cover was placed over the chest of the mummified body of a man. It carries the standard protective and transformative imagery of this object type: an elaborate floral collar, a human-headed winged scarab often associated with the heart of the deceased, a goddess – probably to be understood as Nut - with outstretched arms, the Four Sons of Horus and the sister goddesses Isis and Nephthys. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>A notable detail of this example is the impression made where the outer linen wrappings, once used to hold the piece in place, have been removed. A short note written in Demotic script on the reverse gives the name of the owner.</p>

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