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Bead Shroud of Tabakenkhonsu

Period:
Late Period, Kushite
Dynasty:
Dynasty 25
Date:
ca. 680–670 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Hathor Shrine, pit in hypostyle hall, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1894–95
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 114 x W. 48 cm (44 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1896
Accession Number:
96.4.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Constructed of tubular faience beads strung together in a net pattern, this shroud was sewn onto the outer wrappings of Tabakenkhonsu's mummy. Additional beads in various colors have been worked into the garment at several points: a beaded broad collar has been added to the top, where the garment came over the mummy's neck; over her breast was a winged scarab to protect the heart; and on the abdomen are the four "canopic" genii who guarded the viscera.
Naville Excavations sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Given by the EEF to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1896.

Gillett, Charles R. Rev. 1898. Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in Halls 3 and 4, Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, 4. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 140-141.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1911. A Handbook of the Egyptian Rooms. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 167.

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