Coffin Base with Goddess of the West

Akhmim, Egypt Maker
Early Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305–200 BC Date:
Wood and pigment Medium
5 ½ x 69 x 19 ½ in Dimensions
Gift of Samuel W. Brown Credit
1909.18.2b Accession number

Based on the style of mummification and wrappings, this mummy dates from the later periods of Ancient Egyptian history.  X-rays taken at Albany Medical College reveal that this person was between 55 and 65 years old when he died.  His shaven head may indicate that he was a priest and his red tinted fingernails indicate that he was a high status individual.  The elaborate pattern of the fine linen bandages is typical of this period. They have been soaked with a blackened tree sap that was mistaken for pitch; the Persian word for this substance was ‘mummiya,” which is where the term “mummy”

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