Fragment of cartonnage



Accession Number
W870
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Cartonnage
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Length: 225mm | Width: 150mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Ram/sheep

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Description

This cartonnage fragment is decorated with a double-winged animal wearing rams horns surmounted by a solar disc. The animal bears the deceased upon its tail, and stands in front of an offering table. The animal perhaps represents the ram headed-sun-god, or may be a manifestation of one of the winds. A similar animal is shown on Soter's coffin (see Christina Riggs 2005, 'The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion' Oxford University Press, fig. 87). It dates to the Graeco-Roman Period. W871 and W872 are part of the same artefact, whilst W945 which shows a similar winged animal.