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Mummy of Irtirutja

Ancient Egyptian Painting

Mummy of Irtirutja

Ancient Egyptian Painting
  • Date: c.332 - c.250 BC
  • Style: Ptolemaic
  • Genre: portrait, symbolic painting
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This mummy contains the body of the priest Irtirutja. His mask and other cartonnage elements show repeatedly a winged scarab beetle with a sun disk, a symbol of regeneration. His elaborately decorated coffin features yet another scarab on the head, a broad collar with falcon-head terminals and various protective deities. The coffin’s inscription lists the paternal ancestors of seven earlier generations.

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Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

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