User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Funerary portrait of a woman

Start collecting

Central portion of a wood panel containing the mummy portrait of a woman (the portrait was painted as a "mask" for her mummy). She is portrayed as a young woman, with light brown eyes, arching brows, and dark brown hair swept up into a bun with corkscrew curls framing the face. She wears a...

Show Full Description


Said to come from el-Rubaiyat in the Faiyum. 1887, probably acquired in Egypt by Theodor Graf (b. 1840 - d. 1903) Vienna; 1893, sold by Graf to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1893)

Credit Line

Everett Fund, Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation, and contribution

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, about A.D. 100


Height x width: 30.1 x 7.8 cm (11 7/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera on wood (possibly cedar or oak)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Masks