Cartonnage mask



Accession Number
W917
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Cartonnage display
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Mask
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty
Ptolemaic Period
Materials
Cartonnage | Metals/alloys (Gold leaf)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 305mm | Width: 375mm | Depth: 170mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A cartonnage mask with a gilt face and rosette filet. It dates from the Ptolemaic to Early Roman Period. Gold items were often associated with the dead as gold was the colour of the flesh of the gods. Gold is also seen as an eternal metal as it does not tarnish. In addition the blessed dead were thought of as 'shining' (the akhu).

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 117]