EGYPTIAN PAINTED STUCCO PORTRAIT MASKPrint
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…’