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Gesso Painted Funerary Mask, Egypt, Roman period, ca 1st century CE. Estimate $5,000 – $7,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.

A wonderfully realistic three dimensional painted stucco / plaster sarcophagus mask of a youthful male. A majority of the paint remains showing skin tones and black stylized hair, or wig, with open eyes and a slight smile.  Mounted to coffin-shaped hanging board (can be removed/re-mounted if so desired).  Size:  8-1/4″H.

Provenance: Ex-Dorset, England private collection formed by the previous owner’s grandfather who worked for a `telegraph` company in Egypt in the 1920`s.

Artemis Gallery LIVEAntiquities, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art. February 13, 2015