Funerary mask

Roman Imperial Period
about 1st–2nd century A.D.


Height x width: 24.3 x 16.3cm (9 9/16 x 6 7/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plaster, linen, and paint

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



This funerary mask is comprised of plaster over linen with modelled features of a bearded man. There are traces of reddish-brown paint on the face, neck, and ears and black traces on the hair and beard. Some areas of plaster show flaking. A brass rod has been inserted for display and removed from its mount.


From Middle Egypt (purchased). By 1954: Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York Collection; 1954: acquired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York through exchange by the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Exchange