Fascinating funerary mask of ancient Egyptian man displayed at Cairo International Airport’s Terminal 3 Museum
CAIRO – 19 June 2022: Egyptian museums contain millions of rare artifacts from various ancient Egyptian eras. Each piece narrates a story that is thousands of years old.
Today we shed light on the mummy and funerary mask of an ancient Egyptian man. The man’s mummy is wrapped in linen bandages with an elaborate pattern on it. This style appeared in the Roman period, when the art of mummy dressing was at its peak.
The mummy's head was covered with a gilded funerary mask of cardboard, made of a mixture of linen, glue and plaster. The front is adorned with the winged sun disk, symbol of rebirth, and the eyes and eyebrows are inlaid. The funerary mask dates back to the Roman era, first or second century AD. It was found in Fayoum and is now displayed in the Cairo International Airport Museum, Terminal 3.
The Cairo International Airport Museum was inaugurated in Terminal 3 in 2016, in light of the cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to serve as the first gateway to Egypt’s ancient history, and an outlet to its remarkable monuments and lofty civilization.
The museum currently displays a group of the most prominent archaeological pieces, through which visitors can get a taste of Egypt’s timeless history.