mummy; cartonnage (mummy case)

The inner cartonnage of a female mummy, with the body inside. The face has been painted white, with the eyes and eyebrows outlined in black paint, insect exit holes can be seen on the bottom half of the face.

The wig has been painted in green and has a black scarab beetle painted at the top of the head. The hands have been painted on in a crossed arm position with the thumbs pointing outwards. The whole cartonnage has been decorated all over in blue, red, black and white ink, including black hieroglyphs and gods painted yellow and outlined in red. Yellow silhouettes of similar images can be seen at the sides on the underneath, but these have not been detailed in red. The base board has come away, and wrappings and possibly human remains can be seen inside. There is a slot at the top of the head, which continues down the back. Through this slot, a human skull with the remains of hair can be seen, along with wrappings.

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