About this object

Rishi style mummy mask. Tiny gilded head with a falcon hovering above and enclosing the head with its feathered wings. The deceased is wearing a many layered broad-collar. There is a depiction of a large pendant-winged scarab with outstretched wings hanging below the collar from two long decorated bands. In the bottom part is a 'bib' bearing six columns of inscription with the 'Htp-di-nsw' offering formula but the owner is not identified, as the 7th column is left blank without a name. On the inside of the mask is the representation of Isis and Nephthys. A Wedjat-eye of Horus within a rectangle is painted on each shoulder. The feather pattern may represent the protective wings of Isis or the winged Ba-personality of the deceased. The very small face and feather pattern are characteristic of a “trend” of the late 17th early 18th Dynasty. Types of masks such as this one are referred to as "Rishi" masks after the word "rishi" originally meaning “feathers” in Arabic and designating a decorative feather pattern typically found on the coffins of this period.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period - New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC (Dynasty 17 - Dynasty 18 early) about
  • Materials
    Gold; Paint; Cartonnage
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    585 mm x 380 mm x 205 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Henry Salt (Previous owner); Joseph Sams (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • 'A Funerary Mask in Durham', Journal of Egyptian Archaeology volume 84

    Dodson, Aidan

    Author: Dodson, Aidan
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1998
    Description: A journal article about mummy masks that includes M11020.

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Catalogue of the Highly Interesting and Magnificent Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, the Property of the Late Henry Salt Esq., his Britannic Majesty’s Late Consul General in Egypt

    Sotheby and Son

    Author: Sotheby and Son
    Publisher: Sotheby and Son
    Date: 1852
    Description: Auction catalogue of the Henry Salt collection sold by auction by Sotheby and Son at 3 Wellington Street, Strand, London, on Monday 29 June 1835 and for 8 days afterwards. Available on Google books http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=K2pbAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=sale+of+the+henry+salt+collection&source=bl&ots=Abag6tsY8B&sig=J0v7j6GCNxa_19F-y6JrjuajSb8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aq70U4OyLNGB7Qa8oIE4&ved=0CFgQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=sale%20of%20the%20henry%20salt%20collection&f=true

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Levende og dode i det gamle Aegpten: album til ordnung af Sarkofager, Mumiekister, Mumiehylstre o. lign

    Schmidt, V.

    Author: Schmidt, V.
    Publisher:
    Date: 1919
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1839
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: 1835
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1839
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Salt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1835
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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