This phenomenal mask of a sarcophagus predates modern art by centuries, yet its incredible design stands equal to the work of our most acclaimed contemporary sculptors. The wide set eyes and smooth brow pull the viewer in and reflect a gaze separated from this world by thousands of years. The sculpture’s imposing headdress surrounds the delicate features of the face in a protective and naturally textured shroud.

Carved from wood, the artist’s skill is seen in the tiny details that make up this large piece. Preserved in the desert climate for centuries, this piece remains in excellent condition, dating from Egypt’s Late Dynastic Period.