Fragment of a cartonnage mask



Accession Number
EC1135
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Mask
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Materials
Cartonnage | Metals/alloys (Gold leaf)
Measurements
Height: 307mm | Width: 209mm | Depth: 75mm
Number of Elements
1 mask with multiple fragments
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A badly damaged gilt cartonnage mask. Gold leaf covers the face of this item. The use of gold mirrors the belief that the blessed dead, one of whom the deceased wished to be, and the gods, were shining. The mask would have been made by forming wet, gummed linen over a mould. The surface would then have been coated with gesso (plaster), and then decorated with paint and gold leaf. This dates to the Graeco-Roman Period, from the late first century BCE to the end of the first century AD.