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Gilded wax on a reconstructed body of ancient linen

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
400–250 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Gilded wax on a reconstructed body of ancient linen
Dimensions:
H. 60.8 cm (23 15/16 in.); W. 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.); D. 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Goddard DuBois, 1942 (42.6.1a, c), 1944 (44.6.2a–c)
Accession Number:
44.6.2a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
A reconstructed body of ancient linen was created in the 1940s in order to display this mask and foot cover. Originally they belonged to a similarly shaped figure that was filled with grain, which is why such figures are called "corn mummies." They represent the god Osiris and, since the grain could sprout, they symbolized new life.
Parts of the mask and foot coverings were given to the Museum by Mrs. Goddard DuBois in 1942 and 1944.

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