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Plaster face from a coffin or mummy case

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This mummy mask of plaster was originally a component of a coffin or mummy case. No color has preserved. Abrasion is evident around the eyes, and noticeable wear on the nose.


From Buhen, tomb H 36. 1909-1910: excavated by the E.B. Coxe Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania; assigned to the University of Pennsylvania in the division of finds by the Sudanese government; 1910-1991: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 1991: received by the MFA through exchange with the University of Pennsylvania Museum. (Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.


Buhen, Nubia (Egypt)


Width (greatest) x Length: 7.5 x 8.5 cm (2 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi