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Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC. Wood, stucco and pigments.

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Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC. Wood, stucco and pigments.
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Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC.
Wood, stucco and pigments.
Provenance: private collection of Tom Roberts and Ralph du Casse (1916-2003) and Tom Roberts (1931-2022), San Francisco,
San Francisco, California. Acquired in Egypt in the 1960s-1970s. Inherited by Mr Guy Thomas Roberts' cousin, Mr J.W., in his collection until 2022.
Good state of preservation. No restorations or repainting.
Measurements: 32 cm high.
Late Egyptian sarcophagus mask, made of wood, stuccoed and polychromed, with an idealised representation of the face of the deceased. In Ancient Egypt, the sarcophagus was associated with embalming and mummification rituals, designed to bring the deceased to eternal life. During the Middle Kingdom the custom arose of placing masks made of linen and a paste similar to cardboard over the face and shoulders of the deceased. This led to the appearance of the first anthropomorphic sarcophagi, coffins in human form, almost always made of wood. They were ornamented with painted scenes and texts of funerary symbolism. Generally speaking, however, the sarcophagus of the New Empire, especially the royal sarcophagus, will be characterised by its rectangular shape, in imitation of the oldest examples of the New Empire. However, the anthropomorphic type of coffin will be widespread over the centuries until the end of the Pharaonic world.
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Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC. Wood, stucco and pigments.

Estimate €10,000 - €12,000
Sep 29, 2022
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0065: Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC. Wood, stucco and pigments.
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Est. €10,000 - €12,000Starting Price €5,000
29th September - Archaeology
Sep 29, 2022 9:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0065 Details
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Sarcophagus mask. Ancient Egypt. Late Antiquity, 664-323 BC.
Wood, stucco and pigments.
Provenance: private collection of Tom Roberts and Ralph du Casse (1916-2003) and Tom Roberts (1931-2022), San Francisco,
San Francisco, California. Acquired in Egypt in the 1960s-1970s. Inherited by Mr Guy Thomas Roberts' cousin, Mr J.W., in his collection until 2022.
Good state of preservation. No restorations or repainting.
Measurements: 32 cm high.
Late Egyptian sarcophagus mask, made of wood, stuccoed and polychromed, with an idealised representation of the face of the deceased. In Ancient Egypt, the sarcophagus was associated with embalming and mummification rituals, designed to bring the deceased to eternal life. During the Middle Kingdom the custom arose of placing masks made of linen and a paste similar to cardboard over the face and shoulders of the deceased. This led to the appearance of the first anthropomorphic sarcophagi, coffins in human form, almost always made of wood. They were ornamented with painted scenes and texts of funerary symbolism. Generally speaking, however, the sarcophagus of the New Empire, especially the royal sarcophagus, will be characterised by its rectangular shape, in imitation of the oldest examples of the New Empire. However, the anthropomorphic type of coffin will be widespread over the centuries until the end of the Pharaonic world.
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