From Stone Age Masks To The Golden Calf – mask

To Date, Only Three Archaeologically Provenanced Neolithic Masks Known

The Media Line, 2018.11.29 – Although there are presently 15 Neolithic stone masks across the globe known to researchers, there are only 2 others whose archaeological context is verified. Ronit Lupu, of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Antiquities Theft Prevention Unit, told The Media Line. “All of these [3] stone masks are connected to the same area: the Judean Mountains, the Judean Desert and thereabouts.”

This unit recently tracked-down and recovered the third, extremely rare, 9,000-year-old stone provenanced pinkish-yellow limestone mask.

What were ancient masks used for?

mask, Canaanite Neolithic

Canaanite Neolithic mask (IAA)

This mask, provenanced to the Desert and Hills of Kᵊna•an NW of Yâm ha-Mëlakh at the end of the Neolithic and last Glacial Age, predates writing. Thus, clues to the use of this and similar masks is limited to common sense.

Anyone who has worn a mask for Pūrim realizes that the idea of a mask is to “put on” the semblance of whatever character the mask is supposed to represent.

Egyptian priest wearing Anubis mask, wall painting Tutankhamun Tomb (Getty)

Egyptian priest wearing Anubis mask, wall painting Tutankhamun Tomb (Getty)

We can see from Egyptian wall paintings that, on the one hand, the wearer (originally a tribal leader or shaman priest) may thusly pretend to be, or experience a delusion of, “speaking through the eyes and mouth” – transforming into the Spokesman/Angel speaking the Words of the god represented by the mask. Here is the earliest extant precursor origin of the Biblical ma•lᵊâkh (“Angel”).

On the other hand, the audience in ancient times, clearly believed the tribal leader or shaman priest, by donning the mask, became transformed into an Angel-Spokesman of the spirit/​god represented by the mask, thereby actualizing the communication of the Word of their god.

A•ha•ron Casts The Gold Calf-Mask

Even academics exhibit a mysterious unquestioning UNNIopiajumpto01 when confronted by familiar information enveloped in traditional interpretation. Reading Shᵊm•ōt 34.4, even religious and Biblical academics universally assume a “Golden Calf” statue idol.

Hat-hor (commonly Hathor), aka Isis: Golden Calf mask

Hât-Hōr (commonly Hathor), aka Isis, aka Calf (mask)

Contrary to this tradition, however, the passage describing the “Golden Calf” actually states that molten gold was poured into an apparently misidentified “surprise” mold, probably brought illegally out of Egypt, that produced an עֵגֶל (eigel; calf) מַסֵּכָה (ma•seikh•âh; cast metal image (not necessarily a statue), [face] maskjumpto02) – origin of today’s English “mask”.


  1. UNNI-opia – United Nations Nuclear Inspector vision; i.e. tunnel-vision, blindered (wearing blinders, Brit. blinkered), seragopia, one effect of Retinitis pigmentosa. return-up

  2. Cast image, mask (“מַסֵּכָה“. Ernest Klein. A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language For Readers of English, ISBN 965-220-093-X. Kheiph•âh & Yᵊru•shâ•layim: 1987. p. 361.return-up