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Expert Insights with Bill Rau: Egyptian Sarcophagus Mask

 

Originally part of a sarcophagus that was meant to protect a mummy, this enigmatic face hails from the 26th Dynasty of the Late Kingdom of Egypt. It is carved from a single piece of cedar and remarkably still bears the original light ocher and black paint that represents the kah, or the immortal spirit double of the deceased.
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