Africa,  Misc

Ancient Egyptian wood mask

Probably older than 1000 BC, this beautifully carved face mask comes from the inner coffin of a large ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. It would have been painted over with a layer of gesso and linen. All of this is long gone because of poor conditions in the tomb where it was buried. Very nicely mounted and photographed. Sometimes great aging can be very appealing. What I don’t like to see is masks that have been artificially aged to fool the collecting market.  1365

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