Canaanite terracotta funerary mask with Egyptian influence, Late Bronze, 1300-1200 B.C.

Material:  Terracotta
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  48 x 44 x 15 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2006. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 2776 with date 02/04/2006 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01633 with date 13/03/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
On request
Ref r238 Category Tag

This terracotta anthropomorphic mask represents the face of the deceased. In spite of being a Canaanite work, it presents a clear Egyptian inspiration since it uses the Egyptian resource of making the face of the deceased so that the soul can recognize the body once it has left it. In addition, these masks were also used to cover and embellish the body of the deceased.

This mask corresponds to a period in which the Canaanite region was under Egyptian rule. Egypt recovers the city of Avaris, expelling the Hyksos and returning to control its territory. Although they had been conquered, the Canaanites still maintained their culture, rituals and beliefs.

The mask is made in terracotta covered with a thick layer of sand mortar and has an oval form to adapt to the body and the sarcophagus of the deceased. His face, in eternal rest, in a half relief, contains his ears in parallel to the mask, to be able to hear better the petitions of offerings in his name.

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