Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 300 BCE. This painted wooden sarcophagus mask displays quintessential Egyptian beauty - the huge, black outlined eyes, the smaller nose and mouth. It is an elegant and refined carved wooden mask with earthy red painted gesso giving the face flesh tones and black and white painted eyes. The mask was an essential part of the mummy, placed over the head to provide an idealized image of the deceased as they would be resurrected. This particular mask is quite small and was probably made for a child or a very small woman. Size: 4.25" W x 6" H (10.8 cm x 15.2 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private Swiss collection acquired before 1972
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