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Gilded Mask on Display for the First Time at the Egyptian Museum

The object of the week to be display at the entrance hall at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is actually two objects. 

The first one is a gilded mask dated to the 25th Dynasty which was in possession of an Egyptian citizen lives in France. He gifted the mask to Egypt to be displayed at the Egyptian Museum. It is on public display for the first time. 

The mask received the needed restoration by the restoration team at the museum before going on display. 

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The second piece is the funerary stela of Nit-Ptah.  

The stela was discovered in Assasif, West Bank of the Nile in Luxor by the Metropolitan museum mission in 1915. The stela is dated to the Middle Kingdom. 

The stela depicts four members of the same family: two males alternating with two females to create a pleasing chromatic contrast as a result of the different colors of their skins. Men were painted in ochre and women in light cream wash.

The head of the family, Nit-Ptah, is shown on the right, wearing a wide necklace, and a white kilt and holding a cane and a staff in his hands. The woman next to him is probably his wife Seni, who wears a patterned dress with colored beads that leaves one breast uncovered. She is adorned with a narrow necklace, bracelets and anklets. She sniffs at on open lotus flower and is holding a bud in her right hand.

The two figures at the end are identified in the inscriptions as Seni’s children. The son is in the same attitude as his father and the daughter is wearing a green dress.

The inscriptions over the figures are decorated in black and invoke the god Ptah-Sokaris to provide offerings for the Ka of each member of the family.

The limestone stela measures 23 cm in height and 30 cm in width. 

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