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Mummy Board of Gautsoshen

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Burial of Gautsoshen, Pit, burial 4, MMA excavations, 1920–21
Wood, gesso, paint
L. 176 cm (69 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The burial equipment of Gautsoshen, including a single coffin (23.5.7) and this mummy board, was found in the Pit. The board is made of a single plank of sycomore wood, with smaller pieces used to fill in the shoulders. It was plastered and then painted with colorful decoration on a white background. Gautsoshen wears a blue wig with decorative bands across the lower tresses, a fillet, and large round earrings. As is usual for the coffin of a female, she crosses her open hands over the broad collar that is draped around her shoulders and across her chest. The tips of her breasts, covered by round disks, are visible just below the bottom edge of her wig. The lower part of the coffin is divided into square sections containing religious scenes.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Deir el Bahri, 1924. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 201.

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