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Carter No.: 255

Handlist description: Third (innermost) coffin of gold

Card/Transcription No.: 255-03

No 255. Third (Innermost) Coffin of Gold. 3

with carnelian, lapis lazuli and turquoise coloured glass

Collarette Around the neck and below the flaps of the Nemmyes headdress a collarette of "The Hawk" which is encrusted with lapis lazuli, quartz and carnelian, green felspar and glass turquoise-coloured. This collarette is auxiliary to the rest of the coffin; it comprises eleven rows of imitation tubular beadwork having an outer margin of imitation drop pendants.

Arms & Hands The arms are crossed over the lower part of the thorax: upon the wrists are two bracelets of auxiliary gold work encrusted with lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian coloured glass: the hands of burnished gold hold: left the crook, right the flail, which are crossed over the centre of the thorax and reach as far as the chin. (This insignia had suffered from the results of decomposition of the anointing material, more especially on account of their coils being for some reason made of bronze): they were encrusted with sheet-gold, dark blue faience, polychrome glass and carnelian (see photo).

Card no. 255-03 relating to Carter no. 255
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