Navel cover for a mummy - 950x205.25_1

950x205.25_1

Navel cover for a mummy

Medium:Gold
Geography: Egypt, findspot unknown; thought to be Saqqara or Memphis workshop, Egypt
Date: 2nd century BC - mid 2nd century AD
Period: Ptolemaic or Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
5.8 cm, 6.4 g
Object number: 950X205.25
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:
Roman WorldEgypt
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