|Mummy mask from Saqqara|
I have now seen an image of the mask taken c. 1997 (or perhaps a little before) that shows that the inscription had been erased prior to acquisition by the St Louis Art Museum.
So when was this name removed? At what point in the collecting history?
And why would someone want to remove a personal name that would have identified the mask?
Curators at SLAM never seem to have addressed this significant (lost) detail.