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Flail of Hapiankhtifi

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Tomb of Hapiankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba excavations
Medium:
Wood, carnelian, faience, gold leaf
Dimensions:
L. 52.8 cm (20 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
Accession Number:
12.183.15a–g
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
One of the complete burial groups excavated at Meir belonged to the Steward Hapiankhtifi. When the mummy was unwrapped in the Museum numerous objects were discovered: a model dagger and sheath, two mirrors, a bat amulet and jewelry. A ceremonial flail, an emblem of Osiris with whom the deceased wanted to be identified, was found broken and scattered throughout the coffin. The flail has a wooden handle tipped with gold leaf at either end and three pendants. The long end pendants are connected to the handle by three long cylindrical blue faience beads with two carnelian and one green faience bead toward the handle and two carnelian and two green faience beads toward the pendants.
Purchased from Sayyid Pasha Khashaba by J. Pierpont Morgan and donated to the Museum, 1912.

Reeves, Nicholas 2015. "Flail of Hapiankhtifi." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 244, no. 181.

Oppenheim, Adela 2015. "Introduction: What Was the Middle Kingdom?." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 8.

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