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Carter No.: 253a

Handlist description: Wooden bier

Card/Transcription No.: 253a


POSITION: Under outer coffin (253). Resting on bottom of Sarcophagus.

DIMENSIONS: L. 221; W. 85; H. 26.5, cents.

DESCRIPTION: Heavy wooden bed-shaped bier, gesso gilt, having within outer framework an imitation webbing, resembling much the string mesh of the Sudanese Angarîb. On the front two heads of lions, on the back tails of lions; the legs, in like manner, represent the fore and hind feet of a lion. The head is of concave form to fit and receive the convex bottom of the anthropoid outer coffin. The under part of the imitation mesh webbing is varnished with black resin.

REMARKS: Cleaned with warm water & ammonia, consolidated with paraffin wax.

Card no. 253a relating to Carter no. 253a
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