Cover for ear(?) of mummy with rosette - 950x205.26_1

950x205.26_1

Cover for ear(?) of mummy with rosette

Medium:Gold
Geography: Egypt, findspot unknown; thought to be Memphis workshop, Egypt
Date: 2nd century BC - AD 1st century
Period: Ptolemaic or Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
1.3 x 5 cm, 4.6 g
Object number: 950X205.26
Not on view
DescriptionCovers made of gold for sensitive parts of the body were provided for the mummies of both men and women in the Ptolemaic and Roman Imperial periods in Egypt. They were a "magical" protection against evil influences entering the body, and defence against the corruption of the flesh, perhaps partly due to the association of gold with Horus.
Collection:
Greek WorldEgypt
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