Flail of Hapiankhtifi

Middle Kingdom

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.

Flail of Hapiankhtifi, Wood, gold leaf, carnelian, faience

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