Cartonnage Depicting a Baboon

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Tom Pierce
published on 18 July 2018

This piece is a fragment of cartonnage, or heavy layered papyrus and plaster, used in the process of mummification. The decorative and colorful scene depicts a baboon, in the ceremonial weighing of the heart.
1500-1000 BCE.
Provided as part of the Traveling Classroom History Exhibit by the History in Your Hands Foundation.

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Tom Pierce
Tom is a nonprofit professional living and working in Chicago. His passion for Ancient cultures and their impact on the world inspired his role at the History in Your Hands Foundation, where he focuses on the betterment of historical education.

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APA Style

Pierce, T. (2018, July 18). Cartonnage Depicting a Baboon. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Pierce, Tom. "Cartonnage Depicting a Baboon." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 18, 2018.

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Pierce, Tom. "Cartonnage Depicting a Baboon." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 Jul 2018. Web. 20 Apr 2019.

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