A ROMAN PERIOD GILT CARTONNAGE MUMMY MASK FOR BA-ANKH
late 1st century b.c - early 1st century a.d.
Wearing a striped headdress, the crown of the head gilt, with a winged scarab encircled by a band of hieroglyphs in low relief, inscribed for "The prophet of Hapy and the priest of Khnum" named Ba-ankh and invoking a myriad of deities including Ptah-Soker, Anubis, and Sobek, to insure the deceased a successful passage into the hereafter via solar barques, the gilt face with flattened ears, smiling lips, and a rounded nose, the black-painted brows and cosmetic lines in low relief
9 in. (24.1 cm.) high