Funerary mask in polychrome wood, Late Period, 664-332 B.C.

Frontal fragment of sarcophagus belonging to the face. The coffins are individualized depending on the period, this face belonged to a conffin of Late Period, conserving still part of the polychromy and the nails of wood destined to anchor it to the other part of the sarcophagus. It is a beautiful and idealised carving of what looks like a female face, the sweetness of its features and the tones of its polychrome make it a unique piece from Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Late Period or Saite Epoch (664-332 B.C.) covers the period of time between the 27th and 31th 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".


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