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This anonymous cartonnage mask probably dates back to the Ptolemaic period (306–30 BC). The mask is gilded on the face but eyes, pupils and eyebrows are marked black. It has a typical blue wig (nemes). The representation of the deceased is definitely idealised and it bears no distinguishing features.
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This anonymous cartonnage mask probably dates back to the Ptolemaic period (306–30 BC). The mask is gilded on the face but eyes, pupils and eyebrows are marked black. It has a typical blue wig (nemes). The representation of the deceased is definitely idealised and it bears no distinguishing features.
Chapter 151 of the Book of the Dead mentions a tomb mask as the necessary element to protect the head of the deceased individual. Gypsum masks taken from the face of the deceased appeared during the later period of the Old Kingdom of Egypt while the First Intermediate Period saw the beginning of the production of cartonnages covering the whole body. During the Ptolemaic period, cartonnages were made of papyrus scrolls or linen.
 
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