Face from a mummy mask

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos, Tomb D 115


Overall: 6.8 x 6.5cm (2 11/16 x 2 9/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted plaster

Not On View


The Ancient World



Mold-made plaster faces, attached to cartonnage masks, appeared in the early New Kingdom. In this example, which still retains the ears and the front portion of the cartonnage mask, the face is painted yellow to represent gold. The pattern of red, yellow and blue stripes on the headdress indicates that it was a royal nemes headdress. The lack of a ceremonial beard or beard band suggests that this mask belonged to a woman.


From Abydos, tomb D 115. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: August 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription