Egyptian Cartonnage Trapping

Egyptian Cartonnage Trapping

A very rare complete set of cartonnage trappings for a youth.  The mask features a face of white with a strap for an osiride beard around the chin.  The mask consists of a tripartite head cloth with a trapezoidal head band across the top, with a solar disc on top of the head.  Around the neck is a rare, yet interesting depiction of a heart amulet necklace seen from the Persian to Ptolemaic period.  The chest trappings are intricately designed with a beaded and floral collar with a figure of a falcon wearing a solar disc flanking each side in the traditional form.  Between the figures of Horus are four attendants, each with a feather of Ma’at, flanking a Djed pillar representing the backbone of Osiris.  Beneath the broad collar is a winged solar disc flanked by uraeus figures.  Beneath the winged solar disc is a second Djed pillar, this time flanked with a figure of Anubis on either side as well as the Four Sons of Horus, each holding folded cloths to attend to the deceased.  Below this scene is another floral and geometric trapping with a band of hieroglyphics running down the center (translation below).  The foot case is painted with individual toes and nails in yellow representing the sun. Sandals are painted on the bottom to comfort the owner with an everyday necessity of life for eternity.  The sandals are nicely formed representing the traditional papyrus sandals, which are connected on the top by straps between the toes.

Translation: “An offering which the pharoah gives through Osiris, the Foremost of the West, the Great God, Lord of Abydos”.

Provenance:  Ex-Simonian collection, entry into the U.S. in September 2016, air bill 001-8866-3584.  Originally acquired by the Simonian family in Egypt and sent to Switzerland prior to 1972.  They were transported to London in 2010 and stored until entry into the U.S.

Condition: Fantastic condition with no restoration or new paint. All original paint.

As displayed – 34″ x 8.5″

Mask- 10″ x 7.5″

Trappings – 18.5″ x 8.5″

Foot case – 4.75″ x 4.75″ x 4.5″