Mask of Agamemnon

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden.

The Mask of Agamemnon, displayed prominently in a glass case in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece, is a favorite destination for photographers (and everyone else) visiting the museum. We suspect that, after Heinrich Schliemann excavated this mask in Mycenae in 1876, it has been an object of fascination for more than a century.

Here is the text of the label beneath the mask in the museum.

Finds from Grave V, Grave Circle A, Mycenae, 16th century BC

Gold death-mask, known as the “mask of Agamemnon”. The mask depicts the imposing face of a bearded man. It is made of a gold sheet with repoussé details. Two holes near the ears indicate that the mask was held in place over the deceased’s face with twine.

This photo was taken on September 23, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/8 sec, 18 mm

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