Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: The Mummy of Demetri[o]s

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    The Mummy of Demetri[o]s

    When the Romans ruled Egypt (30 b.c.e–642 c.e), some wealthy Greeks there were mummified. This mummy was made with expensive imported materials that show the wealth Demetrios commanded in life. It is wrapped in a linen shroud painted with red pigment made with lead imported from Spain. The mummy includes a Roman-style portrait of Demetrios painted on a wooden panel in the medium of encaustic, or wax plus pigment. (Compare it to the less costly portrait painted directly on Neferhotep’s shroud, nearby.) Artists added Egyptian divine symbols to the mummy shroud and the deceased’s name and age at death, recorded as fifty-nine years, all in gold leaf.

    A recent CT scan (or three-dimensional X-ray) of this mummy reveals that the individual suffered from gallstones during his life.

    • Medium: Painted cloth, gold, human remains, wood, encaustic, gilding
    • Place Excavated: Hawara, Egypt
    • Dates: 95-100 C.E.
    • Period: Roman Period
    • Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 15 3/8 x 74 13/16 in., 130 lb. (34 x 39 x 190 cm, 59kg) portrait: 14 11/16 x 8 1/16 x 1/16 in. (37.3 x 20.5 x 0.2 cm) Other (Display): 19 x 28 x 86 1/4 in., 197.5 lb. (48.3 x 71.1 x 219.1 cm, 89.6kg)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 11.600
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: The Mummy of Demetri[o]s, 95-100 C.E. Painted cloth, gold, human remains, wood, encaustic, gilding, 13 3/8 x 15 3/8 x 74 13/16 in., 130 lb. (34 x 39 x 190 cm, 59kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 11.600. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 11.600b_view1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Mummy of the Demetris envleoped in red painted cloth elaborately decorated with gilt figures.
    • Record Completeness: Best (91%)
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