Mummy Mask with a Winged Scarab

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Ptolemaic Period, 1st century B.C.
Material: Cartonnage
Dimensions: 46 cm high
Price: Reserved
Ref: 1191
Provenance: Private collection Elias-Vaes, Amsterdam, acquired at the end of the 1960s to the beginning of the 1970s. Auctioned at Christie’s Amsterdam on 27 April 2010, lot 35. Last in a private collection in Luxembourg.
Condition: A small missing part on the lower right side, the mask stabilized from inside.
Description: Expressive, polychrome painted mummy mask with a tripartite wig and a red hair band, strapped on the back. In the centre of the hair band a gilt sun disk in high relief. Above also in high relief a gilt scarab with painted wings in blue, white and gold. On the front of the wig on each side a seated deity with sun disk. On the sides of the wig each a chequered pattern in blue, white and red. The collar with bands of dots and tongues in different colors. The smiling face with large eyes with lid lines and black brows drawn in parallel. On the rear inside of the mask are numerous payri, an element of the cardboard, with visible Greek inscription. Mounted.