22: An Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask
Egypt, 3rd Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 to 745 BC. Decorated with black pigment over gesso, oval face with wide smiling mouth, straight nose, large, wide-set almond-shaped eyes with black irises and brows.
Early in the Egyptian history of mummification, the exteror of the bandages covering the body were covered with plaster, moulded onto the features of the face and then painted. Eventually this practice was replaced with masks that covered the head and face and were decorated to resemble the deceased.
Dimensions: Height 9 inches (23 centimeters).
PROVENANCE: Ex-private Californian collection and then by descent to nephew.
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