Mummy mask

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period
probably 1st century AD


Dimensions

Height x width: 19 x 16.5 cm (7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1977.175

Medium or Technique

Gilded plaster

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Masks

Gilded plaster mummy mask. The eyes are inlaid with travertine and painted glass, with pupils of obsidian, set into a copper framework, the edges of which are serrated to form the eyelashes. The hair, beard and mustache are indicated by carefully rendered spirals.

Provenance

By 1977: with Jean Louis Domercq, Galerie du Sycomore, Paris; purchased by the MFA from Jean Louis Domercq May 11, 1977.
(Accession date: May 11, 1977)

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund