Funerary Mask

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 18 or 19, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1190 BCE
Wood (sycamore fig) and glass
H x W x D: 20.3 x 16.1 x 8.4 cm (8 x 6 5/16 x 3 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Mask, Sculpture


Dynasty 18 (ca. 1539 - 1295 BCE), Dynasty 19 (ca. 1292 - 1190 BCE), Egypt, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE)

To 1909
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 162, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Maurice Nahman (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1948


This carved face, whose eyes and cosmetic lines are inlaid with glass, was originally attached to a wooden coffin. A square hole cut under the chin was used to attach a ceremonial beard, no longer preserved.  

During the New Kingdom (ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.), members of the nobility were buried in mummy-shaped coffins made of wood with attached carved faces. This face most closely resembles examples dated to Dynasties 18 and 19 (ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E.), and was probably also made during that period.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 106, fig. 4.12.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
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