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  • Bring some divinity into your homes with this ancient Egyptian mask

    January 14, 2011 | Posted by

    Throughout different cultures around the world, masks, since antiquity, have been used for entertainment, for rituals and ceremonies. From Australian Totem, to African tribal practises, or Asian folklore and myth, masks are a representation of potent expressions and beliefs.

    They are also indicative of a culture’s artistic explorations, through dance, music, art and crafts; and as such a much preferred item of decoration.

    This Egyptian mask for example – a fine example of ancient Egyptian burial practises. Part of a sarcophagus that was meant to forever protect the mummy of the deceased, this enigmatic face hails from the 26th Dynasty of the Late Kingdom and is believed to hail from 6th-4th BCE.

    It was carved out of a single piece of cedar and bears the original light ocher and black paint. Once the mummy was in the sarcophagus, a life-sized image of the deceased was placed over his face, and painted with eyes, ears, hair to represent the deceased in the likeness of an immortal being — a practice which lend the deceased a divine character, to enable him a smooth access into the afterlife.

    Masks among ancient Egyptians was a way to pay homage to the dead and his divine spirit.