This striking mummy mask is painted in polychrome with a striped headcloth and fringed lappets, fronted by a modelled solar-disk on a red band. On the back of the mask, the ties terminate in a pair of golden uraei – sacred serpents – topped with plumed atef-crowns. Below them is a depiction of the god Osiris, holding a crook and a flail, and wearing the same plumed atef as the serpents. On the crown of the mask is a moulded winged scarab, its straited wings extended across the crown. A Nephthys with winged arms projecting forward on either side. The face is gilt, outlined in red, and the brows inlaid in blue glass, the eyes have blue glass rims, glass sclerae and black glass irises.
Previously in the Private Collection of Roger Peyrefitte (1907-2010), France.
Private Collection, Paris, 2010.
French Art Market, 2011.
Note on the Provenance
Roger Peyrefitte (1907-2000) was a French diplomat and noted novelist. His first novel, Les Amitiés Particulières, was his best known – it won the prestigious Renaudot Prize in 1945. He also earned acclaim for a three-volume biography of Alexander the Great.
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, 2014-2016 (loan no. TL.2014.50)
Collection Roger Peyrefitte; Hotel George V, Paris, 26 May 1977, lot 5.