An Egyptian polychrome painted cartonnage mummy mask

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Lot 140*
An Egyptian polychrome painted cartonnage mummy mask

Sold for £ 31,312 (US$ 40,289) inc. premium

Antiquities

23 Jul 2020, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

An Egyptian polychrome painted cartonnage mummy mask
Ptolemaic Period, circa 2nd-1st Century B.C.
Wearing a tripartite echeloned wig, secured at the forehead with a wide beaded fillet and striped bands, a beaded broad collar visible between the lappets, the face sensitively modelled with large almond-shaped eyes and extended brows and cosmetic lines, red and yellow pigment preserved overall, 34cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    with Galerie Kramer, Inc., New York.
    Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (1920-2012) collection, acquired from the above ca. 1961, and donated to the Duke Semans Fine Art Foundation 29 December 1981.

    Exhibited:
    Art and Science Museum, Statesville, NC, 1 August 1988 - 15 September 1988.
    Cleveland County Historical Museum, Shelby, NC, 26 September 1988 - 9 December 1988.
    'Egyptian Artifacts from the Duke University of Art', Cleveland County Historical Museum, Shelby, NC, 26 September - 7 December 1988.

    Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was an American philanthropist, leader, activist and patron of the arts. The granddaughter of Benjamin N. Duke, great niece of James B. Duke and great-granddaughter of Washington Duke, tobacco and energy tycoons who founded Duke University, she created and contributed to innumerable charitable organizations, with a special emphasis on the arts, which was a lifelong passion.

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