Beaded Mummy Mask with Funerary Face, Four Sons of Horus and Winged Scarab

GBP 750.00

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Object Description

A fine Egyptian mummy mask made of small faience beads, restrung in their original arrangement. Green, turquoise blue, red and cream tones have been used to render in a highly stylised manner a human face with a neutral expression. The large trapezoid eyes, long thin eyebrows, broad nose and small mouth are arranged in a perfectly symmetrical manner. The mask is enriched by a tripartite panel under the chin of the mask, which shows a beaded composition forming a winged scarab, rendered in multi-coloured faience beads. Under the beaded scarab are the Four Sons of Horus, Imsety, Duamutef, Hapi, Qebehsenuef. It is very rare to have this enlarged group rather than just the face. Elongated faience beads frame the entire composition. Such mask would have been placed over the face of the deceased at their burial, in a similar manner to the better-known cartonnage mummy masks, mostly for decorative or protective purposes.

Date: Circa 672-332 BC

Period: Late Dynastic Period

Object History

Provenance: From Mariaud de Serres collection, Paris 1980-90s.

Object Literature

For a similar item, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, item number 10060.

Object Condition

Condition: Extremely fine, restrung.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:23 centimeters

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
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Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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