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Panel of cartonnage
332 BCE-100 CE

cartonnage, pigment
(51.5 × 18.1 cm)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Accessioned, 1994
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A long, narrow, rectangular panel of cartonnage, rounded around the base. Decorated with a single column of text down the centre with three panels either side of this and a panel above and below. The two panels flanking the top of the text depict the four sons of Horus, two on each side. Below this are two goddesses, one either side of the text, each standing in front of an offering table. Below this, on either side of the text, is a crouching jackal, representing the god Anubis, on top of a shrine and carrying an 'ankh' sign and flail. Within the panel across the top of the text much of the decoration is missing but the remains of four baboons or monkeys can be seen, two on each side, all worshipping what may be a 'djed' pillar. At the base, below the text is a decorative design of curved rows of cones with red dots in their centre, possibly a floral collar? A decorative border runs across the top and down both sides of the panel. The panel is painted in black, white, murky green, red, pale blue, yellow and pink.