Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photo for Today - Coffin footboard, MFA

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks

Coffin footboard
Painted wood
Provenance unlisted

Here's the description from the MFA website:

Coffin footboard
Egyptian, Greco-Roman Period, A.D. 50–100

Height x length: 46.6 x 63 cm (18 3/8 x 24 13/16 in.)
Painted wood

Classification: Tomb equipment

On view in the: Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery

Footboard depicting the mummification of Osiris by Anubis. Two mourning women, representing Isis and Nephthys, stand at either end of Osiris. There is a vertical strip of hieroglyphic text in both upper corners; however, their meaning is not fully understood.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund, 1979
Accession number: 1979.37

Provenance/Ownership History: December 14, 1979: New York sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, sold to MFA.

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