Mummy mask

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Width x height x depth: 34 x 42 x 1 cm (13 3/8 x 16 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is the lower front portion of a mummy mask of cartonnage (plaster-soaked linen) showing the chest and ends of a tripartite wig. The chest bears a broad collar painted in bands of blue, white, green and red, accented with blue teardrop pendants. The lappets of the wig are painted blue-green. The upper (face) portion of the mask is missing.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb of Djehutynakht, (tomb 10, shaft A). May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. 1921: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition