Relics of the Nile is pleased to present this superb Egyptian sarcophagus mask with red facial details. It remains very large in size measuring 11" in height and 8" inches in width. The mask has lovely facial features including remnants of the headwear and clearly defined mouth and nose. The mask features the original dowels which originally attached the mask to the remainder of the sarcophagus lid. The mask was placed on the front of the sarcophagus to represent the "Kah", (the physical representation) of the deceased. This, along with the "Ba" (spiritual representation), was the key aspect to maintaining eternal life. Red pigmentation covers much of the mask and is supported by the original gesso with no restoration. The use of red on the face is of significant importance because it indicates that the sex of its owner was male (yellow was used for females). This is one of the larger sarcophagus masks available. Fine details and an outstanding display piece. Egypt, Early Late Period, 26th Dynasty, 664 - 525 B.C.