Egyptian polychrome wooden mask, Late Period, 722-332 B.C.

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Funeral masks were used in ancient Egypt to cover and beautify the mummified body of wealthy people. With these faces, they ensured that their soul would recognize their body after abandoning it in mummification. These protections had their origin in the plundering that was carried out at the time by looters or plunderers, so that even if the mummy's face was damaged the soul could be guided by the masked face. Mask of Egyptian sarcophagus in wood with serene look of soft red earthy color, preserves polychromed the eyes, in black and white, and the tape that carried in the hair, with white and black details, could be the beginning of the smooth crown that is also decorated with pearls that hang on the forehead of the mummy. On the back, you can see the holes in which would be inserted the wooden blocks through which it was attached to the box or sarcophagus to be covered with stucco covering the cracks, being finally polychrome.


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