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Egyptian Ptolemaic Gilt Cartonnage Sarcophagus Mask Lot 11 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Jul 5

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263781346299 LOT 11Seller's Estimate: USD 3,500 - 5,000 Egypt, Ptolemaic to early Roman period, ca. 332 BCE to 100 CE. A gorgeous gilded cartonnage sarcophagus mask displaying quintessential Egyptian beauty, made from layers of plaster-covered papyrus and painted with bright pigments. The face is defined by fine black-painted eyes and brows, arching ears lined in red pigment and adorned with stylized Apis bull earrings, full lips in an enigmatic smile, and a smooth brow line, all enveloped in thin layers of gold leaf. Traces of the original lappets extend behind each ear and would perhaps have displayed rich iconograpic deities such as Horus, Anubis, and Osiris. A simple pink headdress is embellished with two pairs of cream-hued vertical bands leading up to a hemispherical top section. The verso is concave enough to fit over the head of a linen-wrapped mummy. A fantastic example that exudes a sense of human life even though it belongs to this funerary tradition. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 6.25" W x 7.5" H (15.9 cm x 19 cm); 10.375" H (26.4 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. A stylistically similar example (though more complete) hammered for GBP 25,000 ($33,378.88) at Christie's, London Antiquities Auction (sale 12240, December 6, 2016, lot 16): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/an-egyptian-gilt-cartonnage-mummy-mask-ptolemaic-6041259-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6041259&sid=991b487f-1b3d-4320-8452-269680a15e4a Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private old collection of an art history professor, Tenafly, New Jersey, USA 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. #133721 Condition Report: Significant fissure to face with small repairs and losses to nose. Old restoration to much of proper left side and top of head. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age as expected, losses to face, head, neck line, and peripheries, with waxy substance along bottom of verso, chipping and fading to pigmentation, and loss to some gilding. Nice encrustation along verso, and nice 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.Ancient / Ethnographic / Fine Art offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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