Mummy masks are not shaped after the individual features of the deceased. They represent an idealized picture. Sometimes one cannot even recognize whether it is a man’s or a woman’s mask. With the eyes wide open, the mummy is pictured at the moment of reawakening after death, to live an eternal life in the world to come. The golden paint on the face symbolizes that the judgement of the dead has already decided in favor of the woman and that she is now a transfigured being.
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