TITLE: Sarcophagus mask
CULTURE: Ancient Egypt
PERIOD: The end of the Third Intermediate Period Dynasty XXII c. 750 BC
MATERIAL: wood, stucco and pigments.
DIMENSIONS: Height 28.5 cm.
PRICE: 6.500 euro
PROVENANCE: Europe private collection.
CONDITIONS: In good state of condition. With some polychromed faults.
A wooden polychrome mask from an Egyptian sarcophagus in an earth- red colour decorated solely with black markings for the eyes and the eyebrows. On the back and on both sides, we can see the dowels and holes through which was attached to the sarcophagus to be covered with stucco later and be completely polychrome.
In mythological use the funerary mask was a basic part of the grave goods as it represented the face of the deceased. It had a sense similar to that of the statues of Ka or the reserve heads of the Old Kingdom. The idea was that if the mummy underwent any misadventure, the Ba of the dead, the spirit, that came out of the body each day to â€œliveâ€ in the Other World, would be able to recognize the body on returning.