Leopard Head

This leopard head was originally part of a garment that imitated the animal skin worn by priests. One ceremony during which this garment was worn was the Opening of the Mouth, in which life was restored to the mummified body. The leopard skin usually extended over one shoulder and down over the back with the tail falling between the legs. This leopard head copies a gilded wooden head that formed part of a robe worn by Tutankhamun (KV 62) in the Valley of the Kings.

 
   
 

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Original: Gilded Wood, Quartz, and Glass Paste
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Model: 16 x 15 x 4 cm
Price: Polyblend 120 LE