Cardboard or papier mâché made from used pieces of papyrus for making mummy bandages (for humans or animals). Common in Egypt during the Ptolemaic period (find spots: necropoleis of Ghoran, Madīnet al-Nuḥās, Al-Ḥība); a number of examples can be dated to the end of the Augustan period (find spots: Abū Ṣīr al-Malaq). Numerous 3rd-cent. BC fragments of Greek literary texts (e.g. Callimachus, Menander, Plato; list in ) and copies of documents (petitions or submissions/enteúxeis to the Ptolemaic court) have been recovered from dismantled cartonnage.
Cite this pageDorandi, Tiziano (Paris), “Cartonnage”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e609800>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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