- Museum number
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. This woman's name, once written at the bottom of each column of hieroglyphs, has been lost. There are two columns of hieroglyphic text on the chest.
- Production date
- 1500BC (circa)
Height: 45.50 centimetres
Height: 61 centimetres
Width: 32.50 centimetres
Depth: 19 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Recent detective research by John Taylor has established that she was most probably a very high-ranking member of the court of Ahmose, named Satdjehuty.
T. G. H. James & W. V. Davies, ‘Egyptian Sculpture’ (London, 1983), p. 27, fig. 27;
G. Robins, ‘The Art of Ancient Egypt’ (London, 1997), p. 146, fig. 170;
J. H. Taylor, 'Tracking Down the Past' in 'British Museum Magazine' no. 21, pp. 8-10;
J. H. Taylor, 'An Egyptian Mummy-mask in the British Museum: A New Date and Identification of the Owner' in 'Apollo' vol. 144, no. 413 (n.s.), pp. 33-38;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 122-3.
Published: Russmann, Eternal Egypt (2001): 204-207 No 106
Published: Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (Japan 1999-2000): No 122
Taylor in Davies, Colour and Painting, London 2001, p. 167, col. pl. 50 .
- On display (G62/dc21)
- Exhibition history
2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead
2014-15 22 May to 19 April, London, British Museum, 'Ancient Lives, New Discoveries'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the sale of the collection of Samuel Hall
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number