Red-Dyed Length of Linen, Linen, hematite

Red-Dyed Length of Linen

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date:
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), Mummy of Wah, MMA excavations, 1920
Medium:
Linen, hematite
Dimensions:
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:
20.3.203a
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.