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Cartonnage Mask

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Cartonnage Mask


mummy trappings


mummy mask


mask of Tjay. This mask belonged to the steward Thay, it is composed of layers of linen and plaster forming an idealised face. This type of mask was placed directly over the wrapped head of the corpse.

Production Notes

At Beni Hasan in this period corpses were not fully mummified but simply wrapped in linen and plaster.

Field Collection

Beni Hasan Egypt

Technique Description



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Eleventh Dynasty
Middle Kingdom


2055 B.C. — 1985 B.C.


given: the Garstang Excavation at Beni Hasan 1903 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Garstang, J.
    Burial customs of ancient Egypt; as illustrated by tombs of the Middle Kingdom, being a report of excavations made in the necropolis of Beni Hasan during 1902-4
    [comments: fig.178]
  2. Bourriau, J.D.
    (1988) Pharaohs and mortals; Egyptian art in the Middle Kingdom , Cambridge (Cambs.) (1988) Cambridge (Cambs.)
    [comments: no. 69]




Accession Number

E.198.1903 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 50810; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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