Egyptian Polychrome Wood Mummy Mask
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Dynastic Egypt
DATE: Late Period to Ptolemaic Period,
DIMENSIONS: 14.5 cm (5.5 in.) tall, 10 cm (3.9 in.) wide.
Wood mummy mask, most likely female, from the inner coffin of a late dynastic or Ptolemaic period burial. The mask is formed
from a rather thickly cut block of wood, with the facial surfaces thinly plastered, red pigment used for skin color, facial
features well defined, including the lips and nose, wide almond shaped eyes defined with white and black pigments, and black
used for the eyebrows. The flat reverse features a large wooden dowel projecting from the upper part and a much smaller dowel
projecting from near the bottom, used to hold the mask in place. Black resinous material with traces of woven fabric adhere
to the otherwise plain wood back
PROVENANCE: Formerly in the collection
of Mrs. Mary Pearman (1909-1999), who was stationed in Egypt with her husband at Alexandria from 1936-1944. She spoke fluent
Arabic and studied hieroglyphs.
PUBLISHED: Bonhams, ANTIQUITIES, London,
6 October, 2010, illustrated in color, page 206.
COMPARISONS: For a similar
example from the Ptolemaic Period, see the Petrie Museum of Egyptology, University College London, online collections, Museum