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* A Superb Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE

EW1811

from an inner anthropoid coffin, exquisitely carved in a fine-grained cedar wood, the oval face with straight nose and small mouth, the large almond-shaped eyes inlaid with alabaster, the slightly recessed pupils defined in obsidian and outlined in sapphire-blue glass, the long finely-arched eyebrows recessed once for inlay, a socket under the chin once for attachment of the false beard.

Although the face represents a generic image of the resurrected deceased, it is, nonetheless, a superb example of wood-carving. The facial contours, in particular the cheeks, nose and mouth, have been rendered with great sensitivity. The inlaid eyes enlivened the neutral brown surface giving a wonderfully vivid and alert impression. This attention to detail, along with the superior quality of the craftsmanship, demonstrates the elevated social rank of the owner of the coffin to whom this face belonged.

Condition: Small chip to the upper left eye inlay professionally restored, the eyebrow inlays missing, the mask otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.  A superb example!

Dimensions: Height: 5 1/2 inches (14 cm), Width: 5 3/8 inches (13.6 cm)

Provenance: Private collection of M.B., Munich, previously old German private collection, acquired before 1980.

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