Face from a mummiform coffin

Late Period, Dynasty 25
760–660 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 45 x 36 x 23 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted and gessoed wood

Not On View


The Ancient World



This face from a mummiform coffin depicts a man wearing a tripartite wig and a false beard. The face is painted olive green with black and white eyes. The wig is dark blue-green with white line pattern. The beard is shown as plaited with a blue-black line pattern. The remaining portion of the upper torso and chest is painted white with polychrome details of a six-stranded collar with drop-shaped beads in in red, green, blue, and cream.


Ex Thalassic Collection. 1990: Purchased from Sotheby's Auction by Theodore Halkedis, New York; 1995: Given by Theodore & Aristea Halkedis, New York, and the Thalassic Collection to the MFA in honor of Dr. Malcom Rogers and the Opening of the Gallery of Masks, October 20, 1994. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

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Gift of the Thalassic Collection by Aristea and Theodore Halkedis in honor of Dr. Malcolm Rogers