Section of a shroud

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Cartonnage display
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Cloth/shroud
Graeco-Roman Period
Textile/fibres (Linen)
Length: 285mm | Height: 205mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Duamutef | Hapy (son of Horus) | Horus | Imsety | Isis | Qebehsenuef

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A section of a shroud showing Tashay revived by Isis, shown both in human form and as a falcon. The painted scene depicts the mummy of the dead woman lying on a lion shaped couch, which has canopic jars under it, even though at this date canopic jars would not have been used. Her hairstyle dates her to 140-160 AD. This scene relates to spell 89 of the Book of the Dead. The object was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1931. See Griffiths, G. Gwyn 1982 Eight Funerary Paintings with Judgement Scenes in Swansea Wellcome Museum. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 68, 228-252 and C Riggs unpublished PhD thesis and C. Riggs 2005 'The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Art Identity and Funerary Religion' Oxford University Press, 218-221.


Griffiths, J. Gwyn 1982. Eight funerary paintings with judgement scenes in the Swansea Wellcome Museum. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 68, 228–252. Ortiz-García, Jónatan and Ann-Katrin Gill 2018. Newly identified fragments of a Roman painted shroud from the Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil of Terrassa, Spain. In Busana, Maria Stella, Margarita Gleba, Francesco Meo, and Anna Rosa Tricomi (eds), Textiles and dyes in the Mediterranean economy and society: proceedings of the VIth international symposium on textiles and dyes in the ancient Mediterranean world (Padova - Este - Altino, Italy, 17–20 October 2016), 491–495. Zaragoza: Libros Pórtico.

Wellcome Number
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 13 Jan 1931, Lot 314
Auction Details
Eight fine pieces of Coptic cloth, with paintings of figures, etc.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Personal Name
Tashay (tꜣ-šꜣ)
Last modified: 29 May 2022

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