Head and Chest From a Sarcophagus
These mummy covers represent the extremes of wealth and poverty in Roman Egypt. The professionally crafted, gilded, and inlaid mummy cartonnage represents a woman whose life and death were spent in luxury. In contrast, the hand-modeled and naively painted terracotta mask was perhaps fashioned by the deceased herself or a family member. Though both covers protected the mummy adequately, the materials used demonstrate how poorer members of society could also provide, inexpensively, the objects necessary to reach the next world.
- Medium: Terracotta, painted
- Reportedly From: Egypt
- Dates: 4th century C.E.
- Period: Roman Period
- Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (44.5 x 44.5 x 11.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 83.29
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head and Chest From a Sarcophagus, 4th century C.E. Terracotta, painted, 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (44.5 x 44.5 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 83.29. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)