The top half of a sarcophagus, for the mummy of a priestess. The face and lappets have been carved in one separate piece. This has been made clear as the paint is cracked through. The face has been painted in a flesh colour and has prominent ears. The eyes and eyebrows are painted in black and tip of the nose has broken away. The rest of the lid has been painted a dark red colour which is badly chipped and worn all over, showing a brighter red beneath. The joints can clearly be seen, revealing the method of construction. An almost central joint runs from beneath the chin, down to the feet. There are two layers of wood beneath this, making up the sides. The foot section is made from three separate parts. Beneath the feet is a square plinth, constructed from a further six pieces of wood. The wooden pins used to hold it all together can be seem as well as the modern addition of nails and screws.

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