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Mummy Portrait of a Man

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Wood (Common cypress - Cupressus Sempervirens), encaustic, gold leaf
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 120–130 C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 1/16 in. (43.8 x 19.7 x 0.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1932, acquired in Egypt by Howard Carter of London, England; by 1940, purchased from the estate of Howard Carter by Spink and Son, London; October 16, 1940, purchased from Spink and Son by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fayum portrait of a man. Encaustic. Facing front, brown eyes, black hair and beard, white tunic. Gilt wreath painted above forehead. Gilt background. Condition: Excellent. Short split at top center. Another larger one at right side. Remains of cartonnage at lower edges. Some paint missing from area around left ear. Excellent quality. Panel shows marked evidence of shrinking and crack is lengthened. Paint starting to chip.
    CAPTION Mummy Portrait of a Man, ca. 120–130 C.E. Wood (Common cypress - Cupressus Sempervirens), encaustic, gold leaf, 17 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 1/16 in. (43.8 x 19.7 x 0.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 40.386 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.386_edited_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 40.386_edited_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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