Mummy Mask card

Mummy Mask


On display


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. Conserved for display in 2017. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Crazed surface, areas of surface loss, label adhered to surface, incomplete. Possibly WHMM accession no. 61497 recorded as being bought of "St. 412/18/7 1924 (Amherst Collection)". However, this seems be an error and the actual source is Stevens' Auction Rooms Ltd., 18 & 19 July 1922, lot 412: "Three mummy masks, a sandal, and other cartonnage, from Egypt, Amherst Collection".