Red-Dyed Length of Linen, Linen, hematite

Red-Dyed Length of Linen

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Amenemhat I, early
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), Mummy of Wah, MMA excavations, 1920
Linen, hematite
L. 245 cm (96 7/16 in); w. 80 cm (31 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
This was the last piece of linen used in the wrapping of Wah's mummy. Although red-dyed linen is mentioned in a number of ancient texts, actual examples are rare.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1920. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1920.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 166, 304, fig. 196.