Cartonnage face



Accession Number
EC480
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Mask
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Cartonnage
Measurements
Height: 307mm | Width: 215mm | Depth: 63mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A gilded cartonnage face. The badly damaged label describes the object as Ptolemaic, and probably from Thebes, though the style suggests it is more likely to be Roman Period, first century AD (the hairstyle suggests around 40 AD onward). The woman is shown with wavy hair and long corkscrew curls. She is wearing large gold ball earrings and a necklace. The object was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1933. For parallels see: Brooklyn Museum 69.35.

Bibliography

Susan Walker et al., 'Gilded Masks from Hawara' in Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt.

Wellcome Number
A167956
Auction
Christie, Manson & Woods: 04 Apr 1933, Lot 19
Auction Details
A Finely-modelled Mask of a Woman, in heavily gilt cartonnage, life size, in glass case; the Hand of a Mummy from a tomb at Thebes, in glass case; also Three Painted Wood Hawks; and a Wood Figure of a Cat.
Previous Owners
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936) | Christopher Martin (1866–1933)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 18 Dec 2021

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