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Egyptian Painted Gesso & Wood Mummy Mask Lot 1 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Jul 19

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263799540994 LOT 1Seller's Estimate: USD 14,000 - 20,000 Egypt, Ptolemaic period, ca. 305 to 30 BCE. A large painted gesso over wood mummy mask, featuring the oversized face of the deceased wearing a mummiform wig and a large, multi-stranded pectoral known as a weswkh collar. At the bottom, two Eyes of Wadjet are visible, a symbol of good health and royal power, personifying the goddess Wadjet, one of the earliest Egyptian deities. This was a common symbol, used to protect the deceased in the afterlife. Preserving a likeness of the deceased was crucial to the ancient Egyptian religion and a mask like this one would protect the head. The sides of this example are drilled to allow attachment of the mask to a coffin. The face is slightly raised at chin, nose, ears, and the edges of the wig, giving it a three-dimensional aspect rather than simply being a flat sheet of wood. Size: 14.7" W x 31.85" H (37.3 cm x 80.9 cm); 33.5" H (85.1 cm) on included custom stand. In the winter of 1889-1890, Sir Flinders Petrie excavated the large Ptolemaic-era cemetery from the ancient town of Gurob, in the Fayum region. Petrie discovered that the dead were buried in unpainted coffins made of thin wood with only carved, mask-like faces like this one for decoration. These masks were attached to the coffins using pegs. Many simply had holes for eyes, with painted eyes, as on this example, being reserved for the nicer coffins. Masking the dead was a millennia-old tradition in Egypt when this object was made, having been first introduced in the First Intermediate Period (ca. 2181 to 2055 BCE). By giving the deceased this mask, their family members gave them the power to become an idealized form - like a god who had triumphed over death. In the "Book of the Dead," Spell 151, "Spell for the Head-of-Mystery" describes the function of the funerary mask: "Anubis speaks, the embalmer, lord of the divine hall, when he has placed his hands on the coffin of [the deceased] and equipped him with what [he] needs: Hail, O beautiful of face, lord of vision, whom Ptah-Sokar has gathered together and whom Anubis has upraised, to whom Shu gave support, O beautiful of face among the gods!" The mask was part of the important ritual of returning the senses to the mummy, including restoring their vision and ability to speak. This example looks similar to one at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from the same time period: https://www.vmfa.museum/piction/6027262-52014828/ 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. #132410 Condition Report: The very bottom of the piece is lost. Nice preservation of gesso and pigment, with some wear and pitting commensurate with age. 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.Fine Antiquities/Ethnographic Art offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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