Funerary masks were extremely important in ancient Egyptian culture. It was believed that once an individual died, his/her soul would exit the body and fly to the afterlife. A funerary mask was utilized to convey the features of the person from when he/she was alive. In capturing these features, the masks gave the people that they respectively represented faces in the afterlife. This allowed the soul to recognize the body and re-orient itself within it, allowing the body to live on in death.
This mask is in excellent condition. The wooden frame plays host to the stucco-composed shape. Wide, eager eyes dominate the face, with the beautifully molded mouth and nose being delicately defined. The mask wears a black and yellow striped headcloth.