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Fine Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask

Fine Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Wood: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1323979
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Third Intermediate Period to Saite Period, ca. 1070 to 525 BCE.

Finely preserved with facial features and full white pigment. Made of ceder-wood that had to be imported in antiquity, since the Egyptians did not have this fine strong wood.

Size: 24 cm.

Although many of the Egyptian mummy masks that we are used to seeing in media are gaudy metal affairs, a mask like this reminds us that mummification was practiced at all levels of Egyptian society and that even a poorer family would have spent their resources on ensuring that their loved ones had a proper burial.

Ex. J. Rubens (Classical Art)