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An Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask, 22nd/24th Dynasty, 944-716 B.C.

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 GBP

Property from an Important European Collection

An Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask, 22nd/24th Dynasty, 944-716 B.C.

An Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask, 22nd/24th Dynasty, 944-716 B.C.

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 GBP

Property from an Important European Collection

An Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask

22nd/24th Dynasty, 944-716 B.C.


with broad oval face, dimpled chin, finely carved mouth with deeply rounded corners and outlined lips, straight nose, and large wide-set eyes with long finely arched eyebrows and cosmetic lines painted in black.

Height 12.5 cm.

As shown.

Note the three vertical splits, none of which jeopardizes the integrity of the mask: one across the proper right cheekbone, one across the proper left cheek and corner of mouth, and a deeper one running from top to bottom across the ends of the eyebrows and cosmetic line on the proper left temple and cheekbone.

Remains of a wood tenon in a circular hole below the chin, originally for attachment of the beard.

Very minor nicks and scratches.

Surface varnished(?)

Mounted on a metal plate screwed to the back and attached to a metal stand.


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Merrin Gallery, New York
P. N. collection, Geneva, acquired from the above in the late 1970s/early 1980s
Sycomore Ancient Art, Geneva, on consignment from the above in June 2013
Harmakhis, Brussels, acquired from the above in January 2014
acquired by the current owner from the above in 2015
For a  closely related mask in date and style compare The Realm of Osiris, Mummies, Coffins, and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum,  P. Lacovara and B.T. Trope eds. Atlanta, 2001, cat. no. 40, p.52. The author writes: “On many coffins of the Third Intermediate Period which were made of soft local woods, a finely carved face of hard wood has been inserted into the lid. The economical use of imported and recycled cedar and ebony would allow the most important aspect of the coffin---the visage---to be rendered in a precise and lasting way.”