Egyptian faience bead mask, Late Period, 664-332 B.C.

DESCRIPTION
This funeral mask is made with faince beads of different colours linked with linen thread and is bordered with a zigzag edge around it made in this case with elongated beads. This mask would be placed over the facial area of the mummy and is a relatively rare type. The head of the deceased is represented in a schematic way, possibly because of the limitation imposed by the very use of the beads or the desire for an idealized representation of the character. They all share common features such as large eyes framed by well-delineated eyebrows and a nose of considerable size. They also share the detail of having the neck adorned with a necklace made of faience beads and the fact of having the head naked, without the traditional Egyptian headdress.  


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