Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wig

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 21
Reign:
reign of Psusennes I
Date:
ca. 1040–992 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), inside coffin, MMA excavations, 1928–29
Medium:
Human hair, beeswax
Dimensions:
L. of longest braid: 25 cm (9 13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.3.35
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.

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, pp. 202, 387.

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