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The mummy mask of Senbi wears a wig, eyeliner, and a false beard, or postiche. Plush wigs and kohl eyeliner were frequently worn by Egyptian elites and the postiche was no different. Royalty wore postiches to signify their divinity.

Tombs containing the bodies and riches of three men, all named Senbi, were excavated in Meir, Egypt in 1910. Senbi is often likened to a scribe or overseer of priests in the historical record.

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