A large sarcophagus mask, carved of wood, layered with gesso and painted. The face is russet red and the headdress is striped with bands in turquoise and black. The large eyes are inlaid in stone, and the eye lids, with extending cosmetic lines, and eyebrows are inlaid in bronze, which has oxidised to a blue-green colour. The face has a straight, noble nose, and a small mouth, with heart-shaped and fleshy lips, which is drawn into an enigmatic smile.
Egypt, Third Intermediate to Late Period, 21st – 25th dynasty, ca. 1070 to 650 B.C.
Provenance: Private collection of Richard Wagner, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S.A., acquired in the 1960s; thereafter with Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd, New York; thereafter with Artemis Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.