A Romano-Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask (circa 2nd century CE) is a key highlight of the upcoming Exceptional Antiquities Ethnographic Fine Art auction from Artemis Gallery. In ancient Egypt, funerary masks and cases were made of cartonnage material. Linen or papyrus scraps stuck together with resin or plaster was used for mummification. Made of gesso-lined linen cartonnage, this “Egyptian Group” mask depicts the face of a young woman. It portrays tranquil features such as almond-shaped eyes with thick lashes, full lips, and the head extending out and downwards.
Another lot of interest is a rare fossilized Green River, Wyoming formation (circa 53.5 to 48.5 million years ago). The striking sandstone matrix comprises a fossilized stingray and three fish. The sea creatures died in an aesthetic manner, leading to a spectacular formation above a palm frond. Resembling an aquarium, the prehistoric spectacle offers a stunning view of primeval times. A ceramic cylinder vessel from 550 to 900 CE also leads the listings. The pre-Columbian Maya vessel is adorned with rich macabre motifs and skeletal depictions of God A and Chak in animal form. Such vessels were gifted for drinking cocoa. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit LiveAuctioneers.
# of Lots:415
Price Range:$400 - $250,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Fossilized Green River Matrix w/ Palm, Stingray & Fish|| Estimate: |
|Macabre Maya Cylinder Skeletal God A Chak Kerr Database|| Estimate: |
|Fine Roman Marble Torso Youthful Bacchus|| Estimate: |
|Romano-Egyptian Cartonnage Mummy Mask, ex-Christie's|| Estimate: |
|Roman Marble Head of Hercules, ex Sotheby's|| Estimate: |