Female Portrait Mask from Egypt, 2nd century (Roman Imperial), made of encaustic (wax, pigments) on wood, cloth.
Hairstyles can be used to date female portrait masks. Here, the braids wound over the top of the head place the mask close to the period of the Roman emperor Trajan (AD 98-117). The painting of a portrait was an occasion for all finery to be displayed, and this woman is seen wearing a pearl and emerald necklace and earrings.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, USA.