Mask of a young male

Early Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–about A.D. 50


Height x width x depth: 26 x 19.5 x 19.1 cm (10 1/4 x 7 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

White clay; pigment; glass

Not On View


The Ancient World



This mummy mask of fine white clay (with frequent temper voids) depicts a male figure wearing a tightly curled wig comprised of applied as individually modelled strands that were painted black. The eyes are inlays of white and black glass. Traces of paint suggest a dark yellow to light brown color for much of the mask with remaining segments of brownish bands at the neck likely indicating a painted necklace/collar. Some fragments have been chipped away from the lower edges.


Possibly from Tuna el Gebel. By 1903: with Edward P. Warren. 1903: purchased by the MFA from Edward P. Warren. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900