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COFFIN Masks and Inlaid eyes c.1500-1000 BC. Portrait masks were carved from separate pieces of wood and often become detached from the coffins. The pained gesso has usually disappeared but the work was often very fine. Some masks had inlaid eyes rimmed with bronze or stone and set with limestone, shell and obsidian. In graves where the wooden coffin has disintegrated the eyes are often the only remaining trace of the burial.