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Gilded plaster mummy mask. The eyes are inlaid with calcite and painted glass, with pupils of obsidan, set into a copper framework, the edges of which are serrated to form the eyebrows. 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.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Egyptian, Greco-Roman Period, possibly early 2nd century A.D.

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Masks