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Shoulder fragment of painted cartonnage from an anthropoid coffin
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties XXI–XXIV 1069 BCE-715 BCE

painted cartonnage
15.8 × 22.3 × 10.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Mrs H. Darlot, 1901
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
According to Rowe, it is the back of the head portion of a cartonnage or outer mummy covering; vividly coloured. On the left hand side is a figure of a hawk in the squatting position. The hawk wears the white crown of Upper Egypt with the uraeus on the front. In front of him is the ostrich feather - the symbol of ma'at, "truth". He also wears, as Rowe claims, the menat emblem of fertility. The colours of decoration include white, black, red, yellow, dark green, light green, pale blue and dark blue.