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Cartonnage Mask: E.198.1903

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Current Location: Gallery 19

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Cartonnage mask of a man called Tjay with painted facial details including broad eyebrows, eyes, beard and moustache. The mask is made from a layer of white calcite paste covered with scraps of linen impregnated with plant gum. A final paste layer was applied over this, and the ears were modelled in paste. The yellow flesh is painted with an arsenic pigment, probably orpiment. The corners of the eyes are painted with red earth and the cosmetic lines with Egyptian blue.

This mask was lying over the face of Tjay’s mummy, found undisturbed in his coffin in tomb 275 at Beni Hasan. By the end of the First Intermediate Period (about 2010 BC), the ideal form of the dead, known as ‘sah’ in ancient Egyptian, was a mummy wrapped in white linen with a mask covering his face.

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 19 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Beni Hasan ⪼ Beni Hasan ⪼ Egypt

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1903) by The Beni Hasan Excavation Committee

Dating

Eleventh Dynasty
Middle Kingdom
-2055 BCE - -1985 BCE

Materials used in production

Linen
Plaster

Techniques used in production

Cartonnage : Painted

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.198.1903
Primary reference Number: 50810
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 March 2021 Last processed: Thursday 9 September 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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