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Mask of a woman with radiating waves of hair

Roman Period
A.D. 225–250
From Egypt
Plaster, paint, glass
h. 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1900
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
This woman's eyes were inlaid over painted pupils with transparent glass, now somewhat degraded. Faint traces of rose-pink are visible on her lips. At the crown the knot of hair has a hole where an actual hairpin of metal, or perhaps ivory, could have been inserted. Traces of drop earrings remain.
Purchased from André Bircher in Cairo, 1900.

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