Fragment of a shroud



Accession Number
EC175
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Cloth/shroud
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Textile/fibres (Linen)
Measurements
Width: 300mm | Length: 700mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Hathor | Neith

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Description

A fragment of a linen shroud decorated with a painting. Part of the hair of the individual can be seen depicted in black. This is part of a woman's shroud dating to the second century AD. At this period, deceased women were often associated with Hathor, rather than Osiris, hence why the coils of Hathor's hair can be seen. In this depiction, Hathor wears decorated sleeves, a rosette over the breast, and the Neith sign appears on her arm. For similar shrouds see Christina Riggs 2005 'The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion' Oxford University Press, 191-196. This appears to be a Soter-type shroud.

Bibliography

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

Last modified: 11 Feb 2021

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