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.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Mummy Mask
- 100 AD–1 AD
- Cartonnage, gold leaf, and pigment
- 46 × 33.3 × 28 cm (18 1/8 × 13 1/8 × 11 in.)
- W. Moses Willner Fund