An Egyptian Polychrome and Gilt Cartonnage Mummy Mask, late Ptolemaic Period, circa 100-30 B.C.
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
An Egyptian Polychrome and Gilt Cartonnage Mummy Mask
late Ptolemaic Period, circa 100-30 B.C.
wearing a broad collar and wig with headband knotted in back and Eye of Horus in relief in front, the stylized hair falling in linked spirals over the forehead, the gilt face with eyes and eyebrows painted black and white, the lappets decorated on the left with a seated figure of Nephthys and on the right with a seated figure of Isis, a diminutive figure of a woman wearing a diademed tripartite wig on the back; traces of bitumen.
Height 46 cm.
Condition consistent with an object of this type.
Cracks to layer of gesso and pigment overall, all professionally stabilised.
Remains of ancient bitumen overall.
Significant areas of repaint and/or varnishing on plastron decoration, on various parts of head, including proper right temple and upper left forehead, as well as on one side of goddess figure painted on back of wig.
Mask was reinforced inside.
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A 1980 photograph from Galerie des Saints-Pères shows streaks of bitumen over the broad collar and wig lappets (still extant in 2013).