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Carter No.: 266b

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

Card/Transcription No.: 266b-10


Placed upright in each of the four jar-like receptacles was a miniature gold coffin wrapped in linen, and over them unguents had been poured as in the case of the royal mummy. The coffins faced in the same direction as the human-headed lids covering their receptacles. The unguents had percolated through the linen wrappings and solidified at the bottom, cementing the coffins in their receptacles: unfortunately I was unable to detect sufficient evidence to arrive at any final conclusion as to whether the anointing had taken place in the tomb at the time of burial, or before the equipment was transported to the tomb. The human-headed lids were found somewhat displaced when I opened the box, which suggested

Card no. 266b-10 relating to Carter no. 266b
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