Fragment of a linen shroud



Accession Number
EC166
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath textiles case, Drawer 5
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Cloth/shroud
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Textile/fibres (Linen)
Provenance
Egypt
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Snake
Divine Name
Osiris

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Description

A fragment of linen shroud decorated with paintings of snakes and a mourning woman. Women rather than men are usually depicted mourning in Egyptian iconography. On the right can be seen part of the headdress of Osiris. This probably dates to the second century AD.

Bibliography

Christina Riggs 2005 'The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion' Oxford University Press, 191-196.