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Artist Anonymous ( Egypt)
Title Mummy Portrait of a Man
English: In Roman Egypt (30 BC-AD 324), artists adapted naturalistic painting styles to the ancient custom of making portrait masks for mummies. The portraits were often painted while the subject was in the prime of life and were hung in the home until the person's death. This practice continued in northern Egypt well into the Early Byzantine period.
Date late century (Roman Imperial)
Medium encaustic (wax, pigments) on wood
Dimensions Framed Height: 51 cm (20.1 in). Width: 36 cm (14.2 in). Depth: 4.5 cm (1.8 in). ; Actual old panel max. Height: 39.4 cm (15.5 in). Width: 20.5 cm (8.1 in).
Accession number 32.3
Exhibition history Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. 1967. Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt and the Copts in the Second to Seventh Centuries A.D.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913
Ownership history
  • H. Martyn Kennard, London [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase
  • Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 16, 1912
  • Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913 [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
place of origin Faiyum
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