Mummy Mask

A work made of cartonnage, gold leaf, and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cartonnage, gold leaf, and pigment.

Date:

Late Ptolemaic Period-early Roman Period, 1st century BC

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Designed to sheath and protect the head and upper torso of a mummy, this mask ensured that vital functions such as seeing, breathing, and eating would be restored to its owner after death. The face is not a portrait of the deceased but instead an idealized representation expressing the desire to be reborn into the afterlife as a divine being, complete with the gold skin of the gods. At the bottom center of the mask the god Osiris, ruler of the underworld, sits flanked by deities, many of whom carry strips of linen to be used as mummy wrappings.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Mummy Mask

Origin

Egypt

Date

100 BC–1 BC

Medium

Cartonnage, gold leaf, and pigment

Dimensions

46 × 33.3 × 28 cm (18 1/8 × 13 1/8 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

Reference Number

1910.221

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Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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