Female with Earring, Mummy Portrait, Hawara

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 March 2016

This is a wax encaustic portrait on wood which depicts a young girl with short (or pulled back) hair. Her face was damaged by a tool. The intact left eye has aquamarine blue color. She wears a central gold leaf pendant on head and small gold earrings. There is a gold chain necklace with oval pendant in center. The panel was split longitudinally, in three major sections (it was conserved by Helena Jaeschke in 1984 CE and re-mounted by Helena Jaeschke in 1989 CE). From Hawara cemetery, Egypt. 1st to 2nd centuries CE. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London (with thanks to The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL).

NB: The Petrie Museum has the largest collection of these "portraits" outside of Egypt. Originally, these portraits were placed over their mummified body; these images were hailed as the 1st life-like representations of real people on their 1st exhibition in London in 1888 CE. These portraits were excavated in 1888-1889 CE and 1910-1911 CE.



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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