Mummy Portrait of a Man from Fayum


published on 06 November 2016

This portrait was painted in encaustic on limewood. There is a fissure, which runs perpendicularly through the right ear. The eyes were unevenly placed. The upper margin was covered with linen wrappings of the mummy. A thin layer of paraffin was applied on the panel because the original wax was melted after excavation. Excavated by Sir William Petrie; formerly housed in the National Gallery. Roman, 80-100 CE. From Hawara, Fayum, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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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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