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Traces of black pigment
Middle Kingdom 12th Dynasty (1191 – 1785 BC)
Size: 27cm high, 22cm wide, 7cm deep – 10½ ins high, 8½ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
Throughout their long history the Egyptians were constantly concerned with the appearance of the deceased. This resulted in a series of changes, combined with other factors such as improvements in the techniques of mummification, shifts in funerary beliefs, and developments in the architecture and decoration of tombs, that affected the appearance of mummies and the shape and decoration of the masks and coffins in which they were enclosed.
The ancient Egyptians believed that the image of a deceased person was a powerful representation of that being that could be animated through ritual. The mummy mask actually became the person.