Year: 300-100 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 32,5 cm
Ptolemaic Period, III-I century B.C. A gesso painted linen mask with facial features modelled in relief, the face covered with gold leaf, the eyes and brows detailed in black, wearing the nemes headdress painted in blue, a diadem with solar disc and a winged scarab embracing the top of the head. Fragmentary, paint losses.
Masks were a very important aspect of Ancient Egyptian burials. In common with the anthropoid coffin they provided the dead with a face in the afterlife. In addition they also enabled the spirit to recognize the body.
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