Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Bronze or lead
Ptolemaic Period or Roman Period
9 5/8 × 9 7/8 × 3 1/8 in. (24.5 × 25.1 × 8 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Graeco-Egyptian. Medusa Mask. Bronze or lead, 9 5/8 × 9 7/8 × 3 1/8 in. (24.5 × 25.1 × 8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.111. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.111_view01.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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Heavy circular bronze mask of Medusa (?) in high relief, with open mouth. Probably an architectural detail. The workmanship is good and suggests an early Hellenistic date. Similar details in terra cotta are known from late Hellenistic coffins in Egypt.
Condition: Surface is dull and slightly corroded. Considerable dirt still remains on the surface. Upper left edge dented, with small portion missing. Small hole drilled in top, probably by Wilbour for suspension.
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