Ear probably from anthropoid coffin - ROM2006_7136_1

ROM2006_7136_1

Ear probably from anthropoid coffin

Medium:Wood, carved and painted
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-332 BC
Period: 3rd Intermediate Period to Late Period
Dimensions:
14 x 6 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 974X209
Not on view
DescriptionThis ear with a long lobe was once part of a coffin.  The reddish-brown colouring suggests it was a man's coffin.  There is no hole for an earring. The ear was carved from a light-weight wood, probably sycamore.  A layer of fine linen was placed over it, and covered in gesso to provide a base for the paint.  On the back strands of fibre remain of the glue that once held it to the coffin.  It is a lovely and moving artifact which shows the care and attention that went into the preparation of coffins.
Collection:
Egypt
Browse Categories:Sacred & Ceremonial
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