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Egyptian Cartonnage Fragment for Hebu, Third Intermediate Period, 1070-664BC

Bichrome painted linen cartonnage fragment from the coffin of a lady named Hebu.

The curved outer surface is decorated with three lines of hieroglyphic text reading: (1) … with the companion of his glorified state … (2) [Heb]u justified (f), with the air … (3) Hebu justified …

The female name Hebu is recorded with Ranke, 236, 16.

Square openings on the side to fit the piece with other parts of the coffin.

Cartonnage is a type of material used in ancient Egypt for funerary equipment. It was made of layers of linen or papyrus covered with plaster.

For related examples, cf. Petrie Archive database UC16023 and UC38040.

Fragmentary, within a frame. Fine preservation. Much preliminary design incised on the surface.

H. 14 cm (5.5 in), W. 15 cm (5.9 in)

Swiss private collection, since 1997. Before with the Swiss art collector Curt Burgauer (1908-2002).

1650 USD

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