Past Exhibitions

Mystery from the Tomb: The Face Beneath the Mask

Fall 2015

Image Credit: Mummy Mask, 332 BC-330 AD
Egyptian, late Ptolemaic - early Roman period
Linen, plaster, gold leaf and pigment;
15 x 12 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ramona Ward

This exhibition explores a hidden phenomenon right inside of an Egyptian mummy mask! During the mask’s first inspection at the museum, a photograph of the interior revealed the distinct impression of a human face.

Help us as we investigate deeper into the mystery of how this extraordinary mask came to be by looking at its interior yourself. Are we staring into the face of an Egyptian who was mummified approximately 2,000 years ago? Or are things not what they seem?


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