Beaded mummy masks were attached to the wrappings of the mummy over the facial area, mainly for decorative or protective purposes in the afterlife. It is uncertain whether they represented the deceased individual or the god, Osiris. It is widely suggested that Osiris was the intended figure of depiction, as many of the masks are rendered in the same way. What is certain, however, is that the mummy masks represent a dead individual. This is evident from their blue-greenish complexion, which was normally reserved for depictions of the dead god, Osiris, on the walls of tombs. The figure is also wearing the beard of Osiris, which reflects a hope of everlasting life.
Beaded Egyptian Mummy Mask
A beaded mummy mask featuring shades of yellow, green, red, and black. Light blue/turquoise beads frame the face of the mask, whilst black beads define the eyes and eyebrows. The red lips are shown slightly parted, through which are seen pale yellow teeth. The nose is also depicted in red, and stretches from the meeting of the eyebrows to the tip of the nose.
Period: Late Dynastic Period
Condition: Very fine condition.