Egyptian Painted Mummy Cartonnage of Ta-Di-Satet
An ancient Egyptian polychrome mummy cartonnage assemblage of Ta-Di-Satet, son of Ta-Ten, consisting of a mask with a gilded face and elaborate wig with a large beetle on the top, across the chest lies a panel in the form of a broad collar with falcons at the shoulders and the Harmakhis symbol in the center, below the collar, another panel depicts a winged scarab beetle and a kneeling figure of the goddess of truth, Maat, with outstretched wings, below a panel covering the legs, has a scene showing the mummy on a lion-shaped bed, mourned by the sister-goddesses Isis and Nephthys, below are representations of the four sons of Horus, and below that are a series of mummiform figures representing the different forms of the sun god in the underworld, an inscription names the deceased, figures of the jackal god Anubis atop a shrine appear on the foot covering, a painted inscription continues between the feet.
The preservation of the body of the deceased was an essential aspect of Egyptian funerary practices. As mummification techniques became more advanced over time, the cartonnage panels that adorned the mummy became more elaborate. Cartonnage trappings were manufactured by layering linen stiffened with plaster around the mummy. The surface was painted and decorated in vibrant colors, sometimes including gilding. The artistic repertoire depicted images of the necessary ritual components of entry into the Afterlife, including the preparation of the body, the adoration of specific deities, and the protection of other deities, as well as the amulets and talismans needed for the journey.
Cf.: A. Kuffer, R. Siegmann, Unter Dem Schutz der Himmelsgottin, Agyptische Sarge, mumien und Masken in der Schweiz, (Zurich, 2007); M. Raven, Egyptian Mummies, Leiden Museum, (Belgium, 2005).
Formerly in the Gunther Schmidt collection, Germany by 1971; with Robert Bongard, April 1998; Simon Ohan Simonian collection, London, 2010.
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