Portrait of a Woman

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Al Faiyum, Egypt
Portrait of a Woman, Roman Period (30 BC–AD 330), AD 100/150
Encaustic on cypress panel
17 × 8 1/2 in. (43.18 × 21.59 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flagg, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Laskin, Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh, and Mr. Roderic C. Ott, by exchange M2001.122
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Currently on View

During the Greco-Roman period, painted masks like the one pictured here were placed on the deceased to help their souls achieve immortality. These paintings are sometimes called Fayum portraits, referring to the region in northwestern Egypt where the masks were found in tombs of the elite governing class.

Publication History
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7, 2002, p. 1E and 12 E, color illus. p. 1E.

Parlasca, Klaus. Ritratti di mummie. Vol. 2. Palermo: Banco di Sicilia, Fondazione Mormino, 1969, p. 48, no. 323, illus. pl. 77, 2.

Parlasca, Klaus. Mumienporträts und verwandte Denkmäler. Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1966, p. 185, illus. pl. 43, fig. 2

Collections de feu m. Jean P. Lambros, d'Athènes et de m. Giovanni Dattari du Caire. Antiquités égyptiennes, grecques et romaines, June 17–19, 1912 [auction catalogue]. Paris, 1912, lot 613, b/w pl. LXI.


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