11 June 2003
AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME WOOD MASK
Late Period, Dynasty XXV-XXVI, 712-525 B.C.
Representing the face of the deceased with idealizing features, with the lips pursed into a slight smile, the filtrum indicated, the well-shaped nose with the nostrils recessed, the pointed hieroglyphic eyes with paint stripes and cosmetic brows, preserving traces of a blue wig with three yellow and red feather-patterned zones, a tang for insertion at the top of the head
9½ in. (24.1 cm) high
Garcin Collection, France, acquired in the 1950s-1960s
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For a similar example see p. 29ff. in Matoian and Loffet, "Mer-es-Imen et Isek, deux Egyptiens révélés par un sarcophage et une vase canope du musée Auguste Grasset à Varzy (Nièvre)" in La Revue du Louvre.
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