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Carter No.: 268

Handlist description: Ornamental casket

Card/Transcription No.: 268-1


POSITION: Disturbed by robbers. Standing on floor behind boxes 267 and 269 in N. W. corner of chamber; the lid was lying on top of box 269. (See photo.)

DIMENSIONS: L. 26.2; W. 22.8; H. (including lid) 22.0, cms.

DESCRIPTION: A rectangular ornamental box of a (?)cedar wood veneered with ivory and ebony, standing upon four square feet. Box. Rails and styles veneered with broad and narrow strips of ivory and ebony; the side panels, formed by the rails & styles, inlaid with ivory and ebony marquetry, in criss-cross and herring bone pattern. The side panels contain some 6,500 pieces of marquetry, the end panels about 5,500 pieces: making in all some 24,000 pieces. The rails and styles are studded with small gold studs. Upon the front of the box on a small ivory panel is the Horus name, the prenomen and nomen engraved and filled in with black pigment. On the knobs are the prenomen (lid) & nomen (front of box) of the King.

Card no. 268-1 relating to Carter no. 268
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