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Mummy Portrait of a Woman from Fayum, Egypt. This portrait is on thick wood. The woman wears a necklace and earrings raised in plaster and gilded. There is cloth stuck to the sides and back. Between 130. i 300. (Roman Imperial). encaustic on wood

Mummy Portrait of a Woman from Fayum, Egypt. This portrait is on thick wood. The woman wears a necklace and earrings raised in plaster and gilded. There is cloth stuck to the sides and back. Between i (Roman Imperial). encaustic on wood

Egypt: Roman Mummy Portraits

The Ancient faces of the Fayum mummy portraits Egypt Mummy portraits or Fayum mummy portraits (also Faiyum mummy portraits) is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic painted portrait on.

fayum mummy portrait

Long before realistic portrait painting developed in Europe in the Renaissance, Roman-Egyptian artists did striking likenesses in wax on limewood. These Fayum funeral portraits date from around 100 CE.

Fayum mummy portraits. These very individual portraits arose in the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society of Roman Egypt. Most are painted in an elaborate encaustic technique [pigments were mixed into beeswax, along with egg, resin, and/or linseed oil]. This versatile medium allowed artists to create images that are akin to oil paintings. The painting techique is Greek, but their use is entirely Egyptian: the portrait panel was placed over the face of the mummy, with a wrap to hold it inÔÇŽ

Fayum mummy portrait - These very individual portraits arose in the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society of Roman Egypt. Most are painted in an elaborate encaustic technique [pigments were mixed into beeswax, along with egg, resin, and/or linseed oil]