Wooden box (base) - contains mummy wrapping coth

Production date
1900
Country
Egypt

Description
Small wooden box used to hold fragments of linen mummy cloth. Lid hinged by linen cloth.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
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Measurements
L 83 H 39 D 47mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
History and use
in 1934 a small wooden box and lid was donated to the Museum. Inside were thin strips coarse brown cloth. These were mummy wrappings, made of linen. An old note inside the box read "piece of cloth taken off an Egyptian mummy at the opening". Mummy unwrappings were popular in the 19th Century, carried out in front of fee-paying atendees. It seems the strips of mummy wrappings were obtained at such an event. The box was made in the modern period, perhaps sold with the contents at the unwrapping.
Registration number
E40025.2

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