Egypt, Late Dynastic Period to the Ptolemaic Period, ca. 7th to 4th centuries BCE. A very attractive abstract face mask comprised of pale green, aqua blue, rose red, olive green, tawny brown, and cream hued faience mummy beads. As is common, the beads have been restrung, as the ancient fibers did not survive the test of time sufficiently to carry the weight of the beads. Size of mask: 5.45" W x 3.45" H (13.8 cm x 8.8 cm); size of frame: 1.3" L x 7.1" W x 7.1" H (3.3 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm)
Such faience bead masks were attached to the wrappings of a mummy, over the facial area, to give it the resemblance of a human face. For an illustration see Piotr Bienkowski - Angela Tooley, "Gifts of The Nile." Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum (Liverpool, 1995) p. 68, pl. 103 (Liverpool Museum, inventory number 184.108.40.206, which is also accessible online via the Global Egyptian Museum website).
Also see for instance Christie's South Kensington, London, sale 5951 of 28 April 2009, lot 83, for a similar mask which was estimated to be worth up to GBP 1000 (US$ 1450), but which sold for no less than GBP 2000 (US$ 2900) including buyer's premium!
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Orange County, California USA collection acquired before 2000
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Ancient beads restrung with modern material. All beads are in very fine condition with light deposits and vibrant colors.