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Face from a mummy mask

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Mold-made plaster faces, attached to cartonnage masks, appeared in the early New Kingdom. In this example, which still retains the ears and the front portion of the cartonnage mask, the face is painted yellow to represent gold. The pattern of red, yellow and blue stripes on the headdress...

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From Abydos, tomb D 115. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: August 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Overall: 6.8 x 6.5cm (2 11/16 x 2 9/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted plaster


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Masks