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Old inventory number painted to reverse '555'
Third intermediate period, 21st Dynasty 1069 – 945BC
Size: 20.5cm long, 5.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep – 8 ins long, 2¼ ins wide, 1 ins deep
A long narrow beard of several strands plaited like a pigtail with the end jutting forwards became the trademark of divinity, and a similar looking artificial beard often widening out at the end and secured by a cord around the ears was reserved for the 'living god' or King, who was identified alive or dead with the god Osiris.