Mummy Breast Covering

Culture: Egypt
Period: Late period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Cartonage
Dimensions: 42 cm high; 40.3 cm x 58.3 cm (including frame)
Price: Sold
Ref: 1174
Provenance: Parisian private collection of the journalist Roger Vibault, acquired in the 1960s in Cairo, Egypt.
Condition: Complete cartonage of a mummy breast covering with rich painting.
Description: Plastron or breast covering of a mummy cartonage with rich painting. On the top sides, in the rectangular fields a head of a Horus falcon with sun disk facing outwards. Below a multiple-row collar (Usekh collar) with a hem of drop pearls. In the centre a large winged scarab, right underneath between two blue-white striped bands a barque with a crowned Uraeus snake, Isis, Osiris and Nephthys. In the lower part an inscription of hieroglyphs in three vertical lines. The cartonage is framed in a heavy, airtight glass frame.