Funerary Mask

Early 18th Dynasty/1500 BC

New Kingdom Egypt

Cartonnage mummy-mask of Satdjehuty: on this splendid female mask, gold leaf not only covers the woman’s face, but also her huge collar necklace and the vulture-headdress that embrace the front and sides of her voluminous, lapis lazuli-coloured wig. The wings are examples of protective symbolism that, like the feather patterns on many anthropoid coffins of the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Dynasties, evokes the guardianship of Isis and other deities.

(Source: The British Museum)

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