Ancient Egyptian Mummy Wearing Golden Mask Uncovered Near Cairo

By Chris Jasurek

A joint Russian/Egyptian excavation team has unearthed a wooden coffin containing a well-preserved mummy about 50 miles south of the capital, Cairo.

The mummy—believed to date to the Greco-Roman period (332 B.C.–A.D. 395) is wearing an elaborate mask painted in blue and gold.

The mask depicts a person’s face. It is also adorned with the image of the sky-god Khebir, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziry, told Ancient

Further paintings on the chest depict the goddess Isis, while local wildlife are painted by the feet.

The mummy is in good shape, but the coffin will need a lot of work to preserve it. There are no markings on the coffin to identify the mummy.

The mummy and coffin were uncovered in the Deir al-Banat area in Qalmasha village of Fayoum Governorate.

The team from the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies, led by Galina Belova, had spent about seven years searching the area, Newsweek reported.

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