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Mummy Portrait of a Man
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Mummy Portrait of a Man

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Description In Roman Egypt (30 BCE-324 CE), artists adapted naturalistic painting styles to the ancient custom of making portrait masks for mummies. The portraits were often painted while the subject was in the prime of life and were hung in the home until the person's death. This practice continued in northern Egypt well into the Early Byzantine period.
Date Description Narrative
12/08/1966Treatmentstabilized; coated; re-housed
7/06/2017Examinationexamined for technical study
  • Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. 1967.
  • Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt and the Copts in the Second to Seventh Centuries A.D.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance H. Martyn Kennard, London [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 16, 1912; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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late 1st century CE (Roman Imperial)
encaustic (wax and pigments) on wood
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 15 1/2 x W: 8 1/16 in. (39.4 x 20.5 cm)


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