Mummy Mask

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Specimen Count
1
WOODEN MASK, WEARING TURBAN, REDDISH BROWN PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH BLUE, WHITE PINK PAINT AND BLACK INK. PROVENIENCE UNDOCUMENTED. IDENTIFICATION PROVIDED BY HMSG. PURSHASED BY J HIRSHHORN FROM THE DELACORTE GALLERY, NEW YORK, IN 1959.
Ca. 2nd century.
Coffin mask, wood, painted. Paint on face is unusual dark brown - the usual would have been a dark brownish red. Perhaps the appearance has changed due to weathering or unstable pigment or application of some kind of preservative? Face is done in a somewhat archaic style, with cheek bars indicating a false bear. Either represents a consciously archaicizing trend, or could be a little earlier that the Ptolemaic period.
Record Last Modified
12 Jul 2017
Topic
Archaeology
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Donor Name
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Collector
Joseph Hirshhorn
Length
28cm
Width
20cm
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Place
Not Given, Egypt (not certain), Africa (not certain)
Accession Date
1992-Aug-28
Object Type
Mask
Accession Number
370312
USNM Number
A553076-0
Culture
Roman Period