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Carter No.: 267

Handlist description: Casket of ivory and ebony

Card/Transcription No.: 267-2

267. (continued). 2

DESCRIPTION: An oblong shaped casket, having vaulted lid and four square feet.

The matrix or body of the casket is constructed out of an inferior wood, the exterior surfaces of which are lavishly veneered with strips of ivory and ebony and marquetry inlay (i.e., small shaped pieces of the two materials - ebony and ivory - combined to form a geometric pattern, laid down with glue upon the matrix of the casket. The interior surfaces painted a pinkish red.

VAULTED LID OF CASKET: Border and central rail of broad and narrow strips of ebony and ivory; on either side of central rail a rectangular panel of marquetry-inlay, containing some 15,000 pieces of ivory and ebony arranged herring-bone, criss-cross, and diamond pattern; on the two ends, lunettes of marquetry-inlay of herring-bone pattern (making in all - i.e., two rectangular panels on top, and two lunettes on ends - some 31,000 pieces of inlay).

On the central rail an ivory knob, and a hieratic inscription (see note by A. H. Gardiner).

Card no. 267-2 relating to Carter no. 267
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