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Mummy portrait of a young woman
Wax; pigment; wood; encaustic technique
Centimetres: 41.7 (height), 22 (width)
75-125 AD
Roman-Egyptian; circa 2nd century AD
Area of Origin: Fayum; Egypt
Area of Use: Fayum; Egypt
Walter Massey Collection
918.20.1
ROM2004_1017_17
 

Description: Painted in the Hellenistic style, this portrait shows a woman dressed in Graeco-Roman fashion, in a purple mantle with elaborate jewellery. The portrait panel would have been fastened to the wrappings of her mummy, over her face.

Publications:
1. Petrie. Hawara and Memphis IV., pl. VIII.
2. H. and M. McCrimmon. 1945. AJA. XLIX, p. 57, Pl. V
3. Needler and Graham. January 1953. "Jewellery of the Ancient World." Bull. ROMA 20. Fig. 13, p. 36.
4. 1912. Auction Catalogue Sotheby, July 16-19, 1912. London: Wilkinson and Hodge. No. 543.
5. Petrie, Hawara, Biahmu and Arsinoe. 1889. WMF London. Pl. 10, 16.
6. Petrie. 1911. Roman Portraits and Memphis IV. London. Pl. 8.
7. H M. McCrimmon. 1945. AJA 49. p. 57 f., Pl. V.
8. Heinrich, T.A 1963. Art Treasures in the Royal Ontario Museum. p. 106, fig. on p. 107 r.
9. K. Parlasca. 1966. Mumienporträts und verwandte Denkmäler. pp. 52, 242: No. 228, 250, 251.
10. William H. Peck. 1967. Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt, Cat. Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts. p. 12, no. 7.
11. Hidle Zaloscer. 1961. Porträts aus dem Wüstensand, Die Mumienbildnisse aus der Oase Fayum. Vienna-Munich. p. 66.
12. 1959. "Masks: The Many Faces of Man." Royal Ontario Museum Exhibit Catalogue. F6, with ill., briefly mentioned by D. Thompson.
13. 1976. The Artists of the Mummy Portraits. p. 11, fig. 24.
14. 1986. OntAC, Curriculum Guideline, Latin. ill. on p. 18 (bottom).
15. A. Samuel and Stevens. 1979. Treasures of Canada. colour pl. on p. 243.
16. K.Parlasca, J.E.Berger, R.Pintaudi. El-Fayyum (ed. F.M. Ricci). 1985. p. 80, colour pl. p. 81.
17. R.D. DePuma, Roman Portraits Exhibition Catalogue. Iowa City. no. 33, p. 80, colour pl. p. 81.
18. D.L.Thompson. 1975. J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 2. 92.

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