Egyptian wooden mask, Late Period, 664-332 B.C.

The Egyptian Late Period or Saite Epoch (664-332 B.C.) covers the period of time between the 26th and 30th dynasties. It begins with the Assyrian occupation of Egypt by the Assyrian king Assurbanipal, who will appoint an Egyptian from the North as pharaoh with the intention of putting an end to the decline caused by the Nubians. It was therefore a period of administrative unification of the country, but also of cultural promotion, giving rise to the so-called " Saite Renaissance". This egyptian sarcophagus mask made of earthy polycrhome wood with details such as eyes made with alabaster and bronze, as well as eyebrows made of bronze. This type of masks were made with the aim of placing them on the coffins, which is why they still have wooden nails on the back. The intention to use these custom mask was that the soul could recognize the body of the deceased.


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