Egyptian Ptolemaic Gilded Cartonnage Sarcophagus Mask Lot 2 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263828051037 LOT 2Seller's Estimate: USD 5,000 - 7,500 Ancient Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A fabulous gilded cartonnage sarcophagus mask, displaying quintessential Egyptian beauty, made from layers of plaster-covered linen and painted with vibrant pigments. The face is defined by its sensual almond-shaped eyes outlined in blue and black pigment with slender blue-and-white eyebrows set above. Large cupped ears are framed by a blue and yellow headdress which drapes over the center of her chest, and a petite nose and slight smile evoke a sense of elegance and grace. A large pectoral of red, blue, and purple bands are each separated by alternating gold stripes. The verso of the mask is concave enough to fit over the head of a linen-wrapped mummy. A wonderful example that exudes a sense of human life even though it belongs to this funerary tradition. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 7.75" W x 10.375" H (19.7 cm x 26.4 cm); 13.875" H (35.2 cm) on included custom stand. Ancient Egyptians believed it was of the utmost importance to preserve a body of the deceased, because the soul needed a place to reside after the death. Preservation of the body was done via mummification - a process involving the removal of internal organs that were placed in canopic jars, wrapping body in linen, and then embalming. Death masks like this example were created so that the soul could recognize the body and return to it. For this reason, death masks were made in the relative likeness of the deceased. Artisans were able to employ the use of different materials when crafting sarcophagi or any elements to be placed atop the deceased. Earlier masks were carved from wood, while later ones were made of cartonnage, a material made from papyrus or linen and soaked in plaster which was then applied to a wooden mold. Royal death masks, perhaps the most famous being that of Tutankhamen, were made from precious metals. All death masks were intended to resemble the deceased subject; however, eyes were always slightly enlarged and lips presented in a subtle smile, as we see in this example. For a stylistically-similar example presented on its original mummy, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 12.182.48a: 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. #135429 Condition Report: Mask reassembled from five or six large pieces, and has been re-lacquered for stabilization. Overpainting on areas of chest, neck, peripheries, eyebrows, and face, with some areas of new plaster over some obverse areas. Surface wear commensurate with age, fading and chipping to areas of pigmentation, light chipping and losses to gilding, and losses along peripheries. Light earthen deposits throughout. 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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