Mummy Mask



Gilded cartonnage mummy mask in a fragmentary state but beautifully detailed. The face is gilded, as is some detail on the decoration, the facial features painted in black. On the crown of the head is a magnificent representation of the vulture goddess Nekhbet, her wings are outstretched and patterned. The body is detailed with a stippled pattern. There is a pattern of red and blue rosettes in a band across the back of the headdress. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Incomplete, old insect damage, very fragmentary, large areas of loss, loose frags., flaking and lifting dec., poorly supported with tissue and wadding, label adhered, cracked, surface dirt. Conserved for display in 2017. Circular auction sticker stuck to left part of wig annotated with pencil numbers 629/7. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 29 June 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 629: Five painted wood Fragments from mummy-cases, all of later period, one with a long inscription relating to a priest of Osiris; also two gilded Cartonnage Heads from mummy-cases, one in very damaged condition, the other well preserved.