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Portrait mummy of a youth

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An innovation of Roman times was the beautiful lifelike portrait painted onto a wooden panel to be inserted into the mummy bandages. Such portrait mummies are contemporary with cartonnage mummy masks but present a very different appearance. Because the majority have been found in the cemeteries...

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From Hawara. Excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; awarded to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account. (Accession Date: December 7, 1911)

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Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, about A.D. 50


Hawara, Egypt

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Height: 113 cm (44 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Encaustic (colored wax) on wood; linen; and human remains


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings