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Plaster mummy mask, Egypt, 100–150 CE

The portrait of this young man is painted on plaster and was made for his funeral in Roman Egypt. Ancient Egyptians added masks to the mummies they made to preserve the dead body of a loved one. The work took a long time and was very expensive. Only richer families could afford a mummy decorated with a lifelike image on the coffin.

Did you know?

It could take up to 70 days to make a mummy.

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