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Plastered and gilded head of a sarcophagus

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Object name: Plastered and gilded head of a sarcophagus

Accession no.: E.27.1973

Other numbers and markings: tbd

Dimensions: L: 43.9 cm W: 38 cm D: 21.5 cm

Brief description:

The sarcophagus head is a fragment of an anthropoid painted limestone coffin lid. It features the face and wig. A break edge runs across its whole width along the neck. The wig is painted blue on a preparation layer and the face still bears traces of gilding on a preparation layer. The black cosmetic lines are still visible. The preparation layer has come off in large areas of the face and the neck. In these areas the stone surface is visible.

Date: Thirtieth Dynasty

c. 380-300 BC

Find spot: Unknown

Acquisition: Given (1973) by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust - originally part of the Gayer-Anderson Collection at Little Hall, Lavenham.

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Plastered and gilded head of a sarcophagus

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