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October 01 2013

Ancient Egypt. Mummy mask made from linen and gesso and then painted. Entire face covered in gold leaf. On the front, two jackals and four snakes on either side. On the top, a winged eagle with two spears. On one side, standing Horus and Osiris, on the other, Anubis, and Horus with crown. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC
Ancient Egypt. Linen mummified cat head, the domestic pet and symbol of Bastet (Bast) and Ra. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC
Ancient Egypt. Male mummy mask with layers of linen over stucco. 18th Dynasty.
Ancient Egypt. Linen mummified bust. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC

September 10 2013

Ancient Egyptian mummified bust. Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC.

Mummification is one of the oldest funerary practices in the world. It was especially prevalent in ancient Egypt. However, prior to 3400 BC, all Egyptians were buried in shallow pit graves regardless of their social status. They were buried on the edges of the desert, where the arid conditions created the natural mummification process.
As prosperity and the advance in building techniques improved, a more elaborate and complex process of mummification was introduced, especially for those of higher status.

May 13 2013

Ancient Egyptian carved wooden mummy mask covered with gesso and paint. 26th Dynasty. 663-525 BC

Mummy masks were worn over the wrapped head of the mummy. Ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit or ba survived death and could leave the confines of a tomb. The mummy mask therefore provided the means for the returning ba to recognize its host.
Ancient Egyptian light-green glazed limestone miniature version of an actual coffin with four legs. Removable top lid with a vertical line of hieroglyphs. Inside the coffin, a removable mummy form statue, also with a vertical line of hieroglyphs. 18th Dynasty
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