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Egyptian Gilded / Painted Wood Mummy Mask Lot 9 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263828051034 LOT 9Seller's Estimate: USD 4,000 - 6,000 Ancient Egypt, Ptolemaic, ca. 305 to 30 BCE. A carved wooden mummy mask with a gilded face and gesso-painted details. The face wears a bulbous headdress painted in alternating, brightly-colored bands of red, yellow, and blue. The face is classically Egyptian, with characteristic huge almond-shaped eyes, painted white and outlined in heavy black pigment with thick eyebrows; a diminutive nose, rounded chin and cheeks, and a petite mouth outlined in umber. The flat back displays several drilled dowel holes, and is unpainted and uncarved with a natural recess in the middle. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 7.75" W x 8.125" H (19.7 cm x 20.6 cm). The mask was an essential part of the mummy, placed over the head to provide an idealized image of the deceased as they would be resurrected. This mask and others like it were traditionally carved from cedar. Interestingly, cedar wood was not native to Egypt. Egypt did not have verdant forests filled with tall trees, and unfortunately most of its native lumber was of relatively poor quality. So they relied on importing to acquire hardwoods - ebony imported from Africa, cedar and pine from Lebanon. One fabulous obelisk inscription by Thutmose III attests to the luxury of treasured hardwoods. It reads as follows, "They brought to me the choicest products . . . consisting of cedar, juniper and of meru wood . . . all the good sweet woods of God's Land." (Obelisk inscription by Thutmose III - J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Two, p. 321) Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #133217 Condition Report: Surface wear commensurate with age, small losses to top of headdress as well as around peripheries, some chipping to gilded surfaces, with light fading and discoloration to painted details, otherwise excellent. Light earthen deposits on verso. Fragments of original dowels remain on verso. Beautiful gilding and pigmentation remains across obverse side. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Antiquities | Egypt, Greece, Italy, Asia offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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