Fragmentary Mummy Portrait Of A Woman
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1946.44
Title
Fragmentary Mummy Portrait of a Woman
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 150 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Fayum (Egypt)
Period
Roman Imperial period, Middle
Culture
Roman
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Encaustic on wood
Dimensions
13.97 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Mrs. A. Kingsley Porter, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1946.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. A. Kingsley Porter
Accession Year
1946
Object Number
1946.44
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Although difficult to characterize because of its fragmentary nature, the portrait depicts a young woman. The woman looks forward with large brown eyes that are delicately rimmed with thick lashes. The figure's black-brown hair is parted in the center and pulled back from her face with visible rows of herring-bone pattern painted in thick, dark pigment to suggest plaited rows.
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