The fragment preserves a section from a coffin. The curved surface is painted on a white ground, with a figural scene of a green skinned winged goddess with the sun disc. She wears a blue wig tied with a seshed fillet, a detailed broad collar and an armlet. Her right arm is raised up in front, the other arm is down and across her body with the remains of her wing visible with a horizontal band of blue beneath her arm with multicoloured vertical feathers below. Above the sun disc there are the remains of a horizontal wing, probably part of a kneeling figure of the goddess Nut.
UK private collection of Werner Forman (1921-2010), formed between 1950 and 1980.
The Czech-born art photographer spent his life travelling the world photographing works of art from museums, private collections and archaeological sites. Perhaps inevitably, this award-winning photographer built an extensive and eclectic collection that also included Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Islamic and Tribal art. For an example of one of Forman's publications on ancient Egypt, see: S. Quirke and W. Forman, Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, 1996.
“I had something different in me, a hungry eye…Beauty, a phenomenon very hard to describe, would always fascinate me. I was, and still am, a fan of all things beautiful…In each and every photograph I try and capture this beauty. Through creating an appropriate atmosphere, through appropriate lighting…and through appropriate setting.” Werner Forman (1921-2010)
There is a contemporary fully preserved coffin with a similar winged goddess from Deir el Bahri and now in the Walters Museum, acc. no. 79.1.