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Coffin: E.3.1906

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Current Location: In storage




Gypsum plaster mask from a Roman coffin. The mask represents a man with curly, close-fitting hair, moustache and short beard. The plaster face, neck and ears of the mask were cast in moulds, then joined. The hair and beard have been modelled separately and applied, giving an individual appearance to the head. The eyes are made from glass sheets. The mask was painted to give a naturalistic appearance and was set down onto a surround made of layers of plaster and linen placed over the head and shoulders of the mummy. Most of the fragile structure has been lost, but where it survives below the back of the head, faint traces of a painted design are visible. Other masks from the same mould were apparently made in a workshop near Tuna el-Gebel.

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Height: 34 cm

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Method of acquisition: Bought


Production date: circa AD 0150

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Accession number: E.3.1906
Primary reference Number: 63618
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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