Height: 49.000 cm
Width: 35.000 cm
Depth: 26.000 cm
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Mummy mask of Syros
From Hawara, Egypt
Roman Period, 20 BC - AD 20
Gilded mummy-masks such as this appear to have been made for persons of high status in the early part of the Roman Period (from about 30 BC). Though Roman artistic traits began to influence native styles in the succeeding fifty years, the masks are still very clearly Egyptian in design.
This is clear in
the imagery used, including here: the winged sun-disc; a falcon;
the human-headed ba
(spirit of the deceased); winged serpents representing the
Above the face is a
headband with a central sun disc flanked by
The site of Hawara is famous for its Roman mummy portraits.
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, Ancient faces: mummy portrai-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)