mummy case

The bottom half of a sarcophagus, belonging to a mummy of a priestess from the Roman period. The coffin in anthropoid in shape and painted all over with a dark red pigment. The pigment is very chipped and worn over the whole surface and a brighter red can be been beneath. The joints are clearly visible and so the manner in which the coffin was constructed can be seen. The pegs holding each of the joins together are also visible. One narrow section of wood runs along the whole length, beneath the body. Two more pieces run either side of the body, from the shoulders, to the very end, beyond the feet. There is one short piece of wood below the feet, joining the previous two two together. Two further pieces have been placed outside of these in line with the central piece. There are three sections of wood around the head, the left section of which is loose. There are 3 pairs of slots at either side of the sarcophagus for the pegs in the lid to slot into. The slot at the left of the head has the peg left inside it. An old wooden display base is attached to the bottom of the coffin. Small splashes of blue grey paint can be seen at the left shoulder, which look very similar to the paint used on the display base.

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