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Carter No.: 266

Handlist description: Wooden canopy on sledge with statues of Isis, Nephthys, Neith and Selket

Card/Transcription No.: 266-03


The canopy, some two metres in height, of carved wood and completely overlaid with gesso and gilded with a thin gold-foil, is constructed shrine-like in form. The covering, supported by four corner angle-posts, takes the shape of the entablature, - i.e. architrave, torus-moulding and cavetto-cornice - with a pent-like roof and parapet of solar uraei. The solar uraei, backed with a screen of linen, are inlaid with lapis-blue, haematite-red and turquoise-blue glass: their heads of dark-blue glazed pottery have eye-sockets and eyes of copper and glass respectively. The angle-posts, inscribed on both sides with names, titles and epithets in laudation of the king, are tennoned and morticed to the architrave and the heavy wooden sledge which acts a pedestal.


Card no. 266-03 relating to Carter no. 266
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