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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED PLASTER MUMMY MASK OF A GIRL

    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 120-150 A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED PLASTER MUMMY MASK OF A GIRL
    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 120-150 A.D.
    Her black plaited hair arranged in horizontal rows, her flesh pale orange-pink, the wide eyes with solid black pupils on white, the lashes individually drawn, the brows slightly-arching thick lines with hatching above and below, the small lips pursed into a smile
    8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm.) high


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    According to Walker and Bierbrier (Ancient Faces, Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt, p. 131), "painted plaster masks derived from pharaonic traditions, in the sense that the mask served as a substitute for the head of the dead and a means of elevating him or her to immortal status."

    Provenance

    Private Collection, 1948.