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Carter No.: 267

Handlist description: Casket of ivory and ebony

Card/Transcription No.: 267-3

(267 Continued) 3

CASKET: Borders of broad and narrow strips of ivory and ebony on the four sides; in the centre of each side a rectangular panel of marquetry inlay, arranged in diamond and criss-cross pattern - the ebony diamond shaped pieces are made of light and dark coloured ebony. The side panels represent 5,000 pieces each, the end panels 3,000 pieces each (making in all 16,000 pieces) - (total on box 47,000 pieces of inlay). On the front end of casket an ivory knob, to which, on the inside of the box, is fixed a bronze catch which when turned catches in a specially made notch in the cross batten of the lid.

REMARKS: The casket contained some of the kings jewellery - disturbed by the (?) tomb-robbers: for description of contents see 267A - 267Q. There was sufficient evidence to show that jewellery was originally tied up in linen and sealed.

The greater part of the veneered border and some of the marquetry had fallen away from the matrix; these had to be repaired with wax and glue.

Card no. 267-3 relating to Carter no. 267
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