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Carter No.: 266b

Handlist description: Alabaster (calcite) canopic box on sledge covered with linen sheet

Card/Transcription No.: 266b-01

266, B. 1

The sculptured alabaster (calcite) box concealed under the wooden chest takes the form of a shrine upon a sledge. It was covered with a large linen sheet folded over three times. The lid of the box includes part of the frieze, the torus-moulding, a fluted cavetto-cornice, and a pent-like roof. The underneath part of the lid is rebated to fit into the opening of the box. The box includes the lower portion of the frieze, the side panels (slightly set back), and a broad gilded dado. Carved in relief on the four corners are the guardian goddesses, whose protective arms enclasp the box: Isis on the S. W. corner; Nephthys on the N. W. corner; Neith on the S. E. corner; and Selket on the N. E. corner.

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