Egyptian Gilt Cartonnage Sarcophagus Mask

Egyptian · Late Ptolemaic – Early Roman Period, ca. 1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D.

Material

Cartonnage

gesso

Gilding

Dimensions

H: 44.5 cm (17.5 in)

Reference

31658

Price

$150,000

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Overview

The mask represents a person wearing a long, richly decorated wig painted with a checkerboard pattern of rosettes, lotus, and papyrus flowers. A winged scarab surmounts it with gold sun-disk and Re-Harakhti with wings spread beneath a field of stars. The broad gold collar is ornamented with Eyes of Horus, disks, lotus and papyrus festoons, rosettes, and beads. The face has long, finely painted blue eyebrows and cosmetic lines modeled in relief.

Provenance

Art market, prior to 1979;

Ex- French private collection, Paris;

Ex- American private collection, Houston, acquired from the above ca. 1979;

Sotheby’s, New York, 24 November 1987, lot 54.

Published

Sotheby’s, New York, 24 November 1987, lot 54.

Exhibited

Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, August 1-4 2019;

Salon Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, New York, November 2019

Bibliography

GRIMM G., Die Römischen Mummienmasken aus Ägypten, Wiesbaden, 1974, pls. 1-4.