Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 2023
76 x 61 cm ( contact for details)
King Tutankhamun's burial mask measures 54 cm tall, 39.3 cm wide, and 49 cm deep. The mask is made of solid gold and weighs around 11 kilograms. By painting the mask to approximate scale, I sought to enter into a deeper dialogue with this iconic artifact and explore the complex layers of meaning that it embodies. Through this process, I was able to engage with the intricate details of the mask, decipher the symbols of royalty and divinity that are woven throughout its design, and gain a deeper appreciation for the level of craftsmanship that went into its creation between 1327 and 1337 BCE.
Furthermore, by working with the paint medium, I could sit within representations and reality. The approach in scale added an element of precision to the search for and discovery of the worn-out gold filigree work, black volcanic glass pupils of the eyes, and the cracked inlaid semiprecious stones, which now enhance the mask's personality and capacity to suggest the passage of time.
This artwork is a derivative of the original photo by Roland Unger, and shot with, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Tutankhamun. (2023, April 27). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutankhamun, - licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. This artwork is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
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