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Egyptian gypsum mask of a woman, Greco-Roman Period, 300 B.C.-100 A.D.

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Funerary masks were used in Ancient Egypt to cover and beautify the mummified body of wealthy people. With these faces they ensured that his soul recognized his body after abandoning it in mummification.These protections had their origin in the despoilments that were made at the time of the hand of looters or plunderer, so that, even if the face of the mummy was damaged, the soul could be guided by the masked face.Another example of funerary portraits or masks is the funerary portraits of El-Fayum, made in encaustic on wood.This magnificent mask, made on mold, certainly similar to the physiognomy of the deceased, would have been modeled externally in detail to assimilate to his face.To provide greater realism and vitality to the portrait, the eyes are incrustations,shining like the human eye.


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