Burial Mask

Mask, Burial


a mask placed on the face of a dead person in burials. This custom, which is associated with ancestor worship and the concept of life after death, was practiced among different peoples at various times.

Burial masks made of wood, clay, gypsum, and gold have been found in ancient Egyptian necropolises. Gold burial masks have been found in the shaft graves of Mycenae (16th century B.C.), in what is now Iran, and also on the island of Samos (sixth century B.C.). Various types of burial masks have been discovered in Nineveh, Carthage, and elsewhere, as well as in ancient burials in Mexico and Peru. They were widely used in ancient Italy, first by the Etruscans and later by the Romans. On the territory of the USSR, gold burial masks have also been found at Olbia and Panticapaeum. The custom of placing burial masks on the faces of the dead also existed among some peoples of Siberia from the end of the first millennium B.C. to the seventh or eighth century A.D. In most cases, burial masks represent portraits of individuals. Their study makes it possible to establish, in particular, the physical type of the population of the corresponding time period.

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His intact tomb, complete with his famous golden burial mask, was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 by another British Egyptologist, Howard Carter.
A joint German-Egyptian restoration team will move the mask to another location within the museum to undertake the restoration work on the 3,300 year old burial mask.
But it is worth it to see the spectacular sight of King Tutankhamun's burial mask and tomb artefacts and the amazing Royal Mummies room.
Judging from his golden burial mask (right), you might think King Tut was a real looker.
Turns out no one really needed a life-sized replica of King Tutankhamun's burial mask with a secret compartment to store his valuables.
Cairo: At first sight, there is nothing unusual about the iconic burial mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
THE blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning.
The much-planned procedure Friday at the museum, revealing the burial mask and blackened toes of Minirdis, the son of a priest, will allow museum conservators to stabilize the mummy so it can travel in an upcoming exhibit.
In 1972, Tut's treasures began a series of blockbuster tours around the world, giving millions of people a chance to view his golden burial mask and other relics up close.
Unlike many other tombs, this one had not been robbed in antiquity and contained many gold objects, including a gold burial mask in Greek style, on display at the exhibition, which is remarkably similar to the "Mask of Agamemnon" found at Mycenae in 1876.
Since the small, four-roomed tomb and its famous golden burial mask were discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, observers have noted strange brown spots marring the lavish wall paintings.
Although the tourist information on offer prepares you for disappointment, reminding visitors his famous blue and gold burial mask uncovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 are now on display in Cairo, the Boy King's mummy was definitely worth paying the extra charge to take a look.