Gold Mask of King Shoshenq II

Gold Mask of King Shoshenq II
Gold Mask of Shoshenq II

The funeral mask of Shoshenq II was found on the king’s mummy but was seriously damaged. It is made from a thick sheet of gold with hollow spaces for the eyes and the eyebrows where glass paste was to be inserted.

Gold Mask of King Shoshenq II 2
Gold Mask of Shoshenq II 2

It was fixed to the mummy by five small perforated tenons, three on the forehead and two below the ears. The facial features depict the king as a young man, in accordance with Egyptian artistic traditions, indicating that the deceased is to be resurrected at this young age.

Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of Shoshenq II, ca. 887-885 BC. From Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72163

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