POLYCHROME WOOD COFFIN MASK
Egypt Dynasty 25-26, ca. 750-600 BC
H: 18-1/2 inches (47 cm)
Provenance: Sotheby’s, NYC Auction N09362, 3 Jun 2015, Lot 14; Ex. Champollian Gallery, 689 Madison Ave, NYC 1981
This superbly painted wooden mask came from a sarcophagus made in the Late Period of Ancient Egypt, a time during which the last of the native Egyptians ruled and tradition remained as it had for the past millennia. The mask has the traditional tripartite striated wig and a false beard, indicative of the high status of the individual. Inlaid wooden eye rims and eyebrows add an extra touch of realism to the mask and further show the wealth of the person for whom it was purchased. At the bottom corners of the mask the edges of an ornate necklace can be seen. These would have been connected to the wider curve of the full design on the body of the sarcophagus.