Funeral mask

Mask of Agamemnon

The “Mask of Agamemnon” is one of the most famous gold artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age.

Dorothy H. Abramitis, Conservator, The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation

1550–1500 BCE

Found at Mycenae in 1876 by the distinguished archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, it was one of several gold funeral masks found laid over the faces of the dead buried in the shaft graves of a royal cemetery. The most detailed and stylistically distinct mask came to be known as the Mask of Agamemnon, named after the famous king of ancient Mycenae whose triumphs and tribulations are celebrated in Homer’s epic poems and in the tragic plays of Euripides.

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Mycenae, Greece

How far back?

Pre 500 BCE 13%

2020 | Present