Mask of King Amenemope

This mask was part of the mummy-shaped coffin of gilded wood of Amenemope. The mask is composed of thick sheets of gold molded with the features of the king. The round face of the king is surmounted by the uraeus, the royal cobra, which is attached to the forehead.

The cobra’s long sinuous body descends from the headdress and coils round itself before raising its head. It is made of solid gold with inlays of red stone and blue turquoise. The pupils, the eyebrows, and the outlines of the eyes are bronze.

Mask of King Amenemope
Mask of Amenemope

Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, reign of Amenemope, ca. 1001-992 BC. From Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86059