Mask of Iineferty

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses II
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Wood, gesso, paint
H. 50 cm (19 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This elegant mask of cartonnage was placed over the head of Iinferty's mummy. She is shown wearing a long braided wig with decorative bands just below chin level and a floral fillet surmounted by a lotus blossom, symbolic of rebirth. Her face is framed by separate locks of hair that end in thin pigtails, characteristic of the late 18th and 19th Dynasties. The lower part of the mask takes the shape of a floral collar that would have fit over Iineferty's shoulders.
Excavated by Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1885-1886 season. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government in 1886.