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The gilded cartonnage was found during the excavations conducted in 1907 in el-Gamhud by the first Polish Egyptologist, Tadeusz Smoleński. The openwork cartonnage is made up of several layers of linen stuck together. On the front and on the reverse, chalk undercoat was placed as the base for polychrome.

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The gilded cartonnage was found during the excavations conducted in 1907 in el-Gamhud by the first Polish Egyptologist, Tadeusz Smoleński. The openwork cartonnage is made up of several layers of linen stuck together. On the front and on the reverse, chalk undercoat was placed as the base for polychrome. The paints were natural pigments with a water-hardening binder and a gold leaf. The gilded mask has eyes, pupils and eyebrows marked in black. On the cartonnage the name of the buried woman is placed: Aset-iri-khet-es, which in a free translation means “Isis Making Sacrifices”. The deceased was probably a priestess of the goddess; she could have come from Abydos or Aswan. On her breast there is a scarab with outspread wings; below there is a necklace finished with the heads of falcons topped with solar disks. The next register depicts the goddess Nut with a solar disk on her head and feathers in her hands. Below, there is a triad of deities; in the centre there is Osiris wearing the Atef crown, holding the Heqa sceptre and the Nehaha whip. The lower register presents the four sons of Horus. The feet of the mummy were decorated with painted sandals, of which only the striped soles have been preserved.

Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum of Kraków), © all rights reserved

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