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Funerary Portrait: Young Woman

Location

EGYPT, FAIYUM

Era

Roman Period (30 B.C.E.-395 C.E.)

Title

Funerary Portrait: Young Woman

Date

Early 2nd c. C.E.

Materials

Encaustic on panel

Dimensions

34.3 x 17.8 cm

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1945.Dv.20

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

In the Roman Period, coffins and cartonnages tended to give way to painted wood panels, which were placed over the head and shoulders of the deceased person’s body. These are referred to as mummy portraits, of which the Faiyum portraits are the most representative.

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