Face from an Anthropoid Coffin



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood, prepared with a thin layer of plaster and painted with a light pink colour for the skin, with details in black and white pigment for the eyes and eyebrows. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. The face, or “mask”, was carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. A sculptured wooden wig would have been affixed to the head by pegs. This construction technique was widely used during the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period (1069 BC – 332 BC). Gayer-Anderson Collection No. VI 70. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, chipped surface, surface loss, discolouration, label adhered to surface. The surface is damaged in places, particularly around the chin.