EGYPTIAN PAINTED STUCCO PORTRAIT MASK

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PAINTED STUCCO PORTRAIT MASK

Youth with chubby and pink painted face, eyes inlaid with black and white stone, pupil as a solid black disc, eyelids elegantly shaped in dark blue glass , tear-ducts carefully contoured, eyebrows lightly drawn in a black curve, his short and slightly curly hair, painted black, worn in places; wrapped in a mantle, its drapery still present at the back of his head and alongside his face, emphazising his large ears, small fleshy mouth, shown ‘smiling’.

Ex priv. European coll. formed 1930s onward; hence with N. Koutoulakis (1910-1996).
H. 20,3 cm. Minor crack at chin repaired. Mounted on perspex stand.
Roman Period, c. 100-120 AD

Cf. S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, Ancient Faces, British Museum London 1997, pp. 131ff: ‘…Painted plaster masks derived from pharaonic traditions, …served as a substitute for the head of the deceased…elevating him or her to immortal status…’

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