Ptolemaic Cartonnage Mummy Mask
Rare Ancient "Ptolemaic Cartonnage Mummy Mask"
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above listed item is from the Ptolemaic Period,(332-30 B.C.E.). This
incredible "Wooden Mummy Mask" was carved from a single piece
of palm, acacia, sycamore or cedar wood then, detailed in black, burnt
orange, brick red and olive green paints. The cartonnage/gesso,(a paste,
papier-mache like substance) is part of the overall covering . It has
areas of earthen encrustation, usually found on ancient Egytpian, wood
carved, tomb relics. We acquired this lovely piece from a select private
collection and its provenance is from Alexandria, Egypt. It has a black
Nemes headdress, the facial features are very prominent and highly detailed
with paint. There are two partial rows of hieroglyphics where the mask
was cut off at the main coffin. On reverse, there is a hole where the
mask was attached to the outside of the coffin. This piece is intact
and is an excellent example of Ptolemaic Period mummy masks! The reason
for the item being available is due to the vast extent of archeological
findings, thousands of years in Egyptian burials and also the proliferation
of these said items in older private collections worldwide.
See some authentic Mummy Mask:
mask; cartonnage (linen and gesso), paint, gilding. Ptolemaic. Hearts
Museum. Berkeley, USA.
A late period cartonnage anthropoid coffin. Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt.
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