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Gilded Mummy Mask

30 BC - AD 100

Elaborately decorated, this cartonnage mask has been identified as belonging to a woman. The skin of the mask is gilded to imitate the imperishable golden skin of the gods.

The eyes of the deceased are rimmed in black with blue eyebrows. The deceased wears a beaded necklace with an oval pendant perhaps meant to represent a heart-shaped amulet.

The deceased’s long wig is painted blue and is overlaid on all sides with religious imagery, which may address the deceased’s hope for a successful entry into the afterlife.