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Funerary mask

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This funerary mask is comprised of plaster over linen with modelled features of a bearded man. There are traces of reddish-brown paint on the face, neck, and ears and black traces on the hair and beard. Some areas of plaster show flaking. A brass rod has been inserted for display and removed...

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From Middle Egypt (purchased). By 1954: Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York Collection; 1954: Acquired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York through exchange by the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Exchange

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, about 1st–2nd century A.D.


Height x width: 24.3 x 16.3cm (9 9/16 x 6 7/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plaster, linen, and paint


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Masks