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cartonnage

Line breaks: car¦ton|nage
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːt(ə)nɪdʒ
 
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Definition of cartonnage in English:

noun

An ancient Egyptian mummy case made of tightly fitting layers of linen or papyrus glued together.
Example sentences
  • It was found in the cartonnage of an Egyptian mummy, the flexible layer of fibre or papyrus which was moulded while wet into a plaster-like surface around the irregular parts of a mummified wrapped body, so that motifs could be painted on.
  • The mask, made of cartonnage - layers of linen and papyrus stiffened with plaster - is one of only three masks to have survived which were worn by the living as opposed to those like Tutankhamen's gold mask designed for the dead.
  • So tombs are thrown open, the cartonnage stripped from the mummified corpses of crocodiles and people, the plaster-stained papyri scanned with restless eyes - the body thus laid bare a curio, nothing more.

Origin

mid 19th century: French.

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