Egyptian Polychrome Mask with Glass Eyes, Roman Period, 30 BC-323 AD
A moulded ceramic funerary mask of a youthful female with braided hair drawn to the top of the head, painted detailing to the eyes, eyebrows, hair, lips, earrings and mantle; the eyes with inset glass panels.
Masks depicting the dead have been found in elite Egyptian burials dating as early as the First Intermediate period (2134-2040 BC). A mask placed over a mummy’s head both protected and identified the deceased. The traditional use of burial masks continued when Egypt was controlled by the Greeks and the Romans and still incorporated traditional styles and deities. As well as plaster masks portraits were also painted onto panels of wood and are known as Faiyum portraits.These masks incorporate Greco-Roman realistic portraiture into the older Egyptian practice of burial masks. The realism of these portraits allows us to date them by comparing the hairstyles and jewellery to known trends depicted in coin and sculptural portraits. These masks were often modeled to sit slightly above the body so as to give the impression that the deceased has been resurrected.
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When most of us think of mummies, there are two things that come to mind: Tutankhamun’s classic golden burial mask and that time Arnold Vosloo puke-screamed all of those bugs at us way back in 1999. What we don’t usually consider is the fact that King Tut himself was mummified with a 90-degree boner for all eternity, because when you die you’re surrounded by slamming goddesses with confusing lion and cow heads.
Yes, King Tut was sporting a morning woody when his tomb was opened in 1924 – he was a teenager when he died, you know. One theory suggests that the embalmers back in ancient Egypt took the time to stuff their dead king’s junk as a response to the catastrophic religious movement his father started during his reign. In a way, Tutankhamun’s erect penis could almost be called a declaration of holy war, a return to the old ways that made Egypt prosperous before Tut’s dad turned everything upside-down. And, after all, what better way to make a political statement than through a penis encased in a tomb for thousands of years?
One of Ancient Egypt’s most famous artifacts, the elaborate golden burial mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamen (ca. 1332–1323 BC), has been seriously damaged after museum workers in Cairo hastily repaired it with epoxy.
Anyway i had a thought about these. So we know that all of the villagers wear them right?
I mean look at them. all of them are identical, lazy character design right?
I have an explanation!
The protector masks are Burial Masks.
I know i know, crazy theory right?
This explains Ekimu wearing the same mask as the protectors, but only as he’s being laid to rest.
Now you’re probably wondering, Why do all the villagers wear those masks? Well that is because those are the only masks they can get. Ekimu isn’t exactly around to make them normal masks right? So with that in mind it’s safe to assume they’re pretty desperate for them. Desperate to the point where they would use masks meant to be worn when they’re put to rest.
Now you’re thinking “Why do the protectors wear them?”
The protectors are warriors. They live knowing that they could die any day while protecting their villages/regions. So they wear burial masks as a symbol of their willingness to die for their people. Pretty metal if you ask me.
(feel free to continue this thought as this is pretty half baked)