From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), inside coffin, MMA excavations, 1928–29
Human hair, beeswax
L. of longest braid: 25 cm (9 13/16 in)
Rogers Fund, 1930
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This wig was found lying behind the head of Nany's mummy in her inner coffin. It is made of braids of human hair fastened at the top with a cord. The braids were treated with beeswax and a layer of animal fat covers the entire wig.
Excavated in the tomb of Queen Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), 1928-29. Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the division of Finds, 1930.