Gallery number: 2 – Upper Floor
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty: 21th Dynasty, Reign of Psusennes I (1047-996 BC)
Size: Height: 48 cm, Width: 38 cm
Place of discovery: Tanis – Nile Delta
Material: Gold, lapis lazuli, glass paste
This gold funerary mask, found by the French archeologist Pierre Montet in 1940, is one of the masterpieces of the Egyptian Museum and the most beautiful artefacts coming from the excavations at Tanis (now Tell San el-Hagar). The king is portrayed with the nemes-headdress with a uraeus (the holy cobra protector of royalty) and idealized features and usekh necklace.