Priestly Headdress

Roman Period

Not on view

This is a unique example of a priestly headdress otherwise known only from tomb reliefs and paintings. Consisting of a wig with short, tight curls and a distinctive gilded sidelock, it may have been found (and once worn) with a leopard-skin robe. In all likelihood, a man serving as a sem-priest donned the headdress and cloak before carrying out a ritual that revivified a mummified body so that the deceased could live eternally.

Priestly Headdress, Cartonnage, paint, gold leaf

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