About this object

Cartonnage mask for placing over the head of a mummy. The style is typical of the type found on New Kingdom mummies at Deir el Medina. Previously part of the Wellcome Collection and glued to a mount. There are large patches of surface loss. Within the organics conservation department are a set of paint samples embedded in resin ready for analysis from previous work carried out in 1993/4 when flaking paint was consolidated but gaps were not infilled as it was not required for display at the time.

Possibly ex Wellcome Collection no. 61497 (Purchased at Sotheby's 19 July 1922, lot 412, Amherst Collection)

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1922 before
  • Measurements
    190 mm x 266 mm x 340 mm
  • Related people
    Sotheby's ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1928-11-12
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1928-11-12
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1928-11-12
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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