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Carter No.: 266a

Handlist description: Wooden canopic chest with representations of goddesses on sides

Card/Transcription No.: 266a-01

266, A. 1

The wooden chest under the canopy takes also the form of a shrine. It has the usual entablature, a pent-like roof, a parapet of solar uraei surmounting the cornice, and panelled sides. It stands 136 cms. in height and measures some 90 cms. square at the base. As its purpose was to conceal the Canopic box, it was made bottomless and tenoned and morticed to the sledge of the canopy. Its exterior surfaces are completely overlaid with gesso and gilded with a thin gold-foil; the interior surfaces are coated with a black resinous material.

The solar uraei of the parapet, backed with a screen of linen, are similar in detail to those on the canopy.

Card no. 266a-01 relating to Carter no. 266a
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