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Carter No.: 256a

Handlist description: Gold mask of the King

Card/Transcription No.: 256a-3

256 A. Gold Mask of the King. 3

uraeus inlaid with carnelian, lapis lazuli and turquoise-coloured glass, also quartz in the place of carnelian. The body and tail of the snake is of chased massive gold and extends over the top of the headdress just beyond the centre. On the chest and back extensions of the mask: in front below the neck and over the chest an auxiliary <> "usekh" collarette of "The Hawk", of gold inlaid with segments of lapis lazuli quartz (backed with red pigment to imitate carnelian) and green felspar engraved to imitate tubular beadwork, the whole having an outer margin of cloisonné pendants inlaid with lapis lazuli glass and quartz coloured as before to imitate carnelian; these pendants are interspaced with turquoise-coloured glass inlay. The order of the collarette is as follows: - Row 1. Lapis lazuli. Row 2. Quartz Row 3 Lapis lazuli Row 4 Green felspar Row 5 Lapis lazuli Row 6 Quartz Row 7 Lapis lazuli Row 8 Green felspar Row 9 Lapis lazuli Row 10 Quartz Row 11 Lapis lazuli Row 12 Pendants described above

Card no. 256a-3 relating to Carter no. 256a
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