Jewelled Lady Mummy Portrait from Hawara

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 March 2016

This is a thin wooden panel depicting an encaustic wax mummy portrait of a young woman. The woman has short black curly hair and wears a silvered glass/coral and gold pendent earrings. She wears 2 strings of beads; one garnet and beryl with gold while the other with silvered glass/coral and gold. She wears a light purple chiton with a dark purple himation over each shoulder, which has a yellow band on each of them). 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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