Face of a mummy mask or coffin

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

Findspot: Egypt, Deir Rifa, Group 154


Height x width: 5 x 4.7cm (1 15/16 x 1 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted plaster

Not On View


The Ancient World



This molded plaster face was once attached to a wooden mask or mummiform coffin. It is painted a dark reddish-brown with black and white eyes. It also has slight remnants of gilding. It wears a blue-painted headband. The blue band of a false beard is also still visible along the jawline.


From Deir Rifa, (Group 154). 1907: excavated by the Egyptian Research Account; assigned to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account. (Accession Date: October 10, 1907)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription