Back of a mummy mask

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty
2061–1926 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10 (Djehutynakht), Shaft A


Height x width x depth: 77 x 35.5 x 15 cm (30 5/16 x 14 x 5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is the rear board portion of a wooden mummy mask. It is comprised of two fitted pieces of wood to depict the view of a person’s upper back and tripartite wig. The wig is covered primarily by a black ground with traces of blue-green paint on the upper section likely indicating the original color of the lappet wig.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb of Djehutynakht (tomb 10, shaft A). May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. 1921: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition