Mummy Portrait of a Man Wearing an Ivy Wreath

A work made of lime (linden) wood, beeswax, pigments, gold, textile, and natural resin.
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  • A work made of lime (linden) wood, beeswax, pigments, gold, textile, and natural resin.

Date:

Early to mid–2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This portrait belongs to a large group of similar works known as “Fayum portraits,” so-named for the region in northern Egypt in which many have been discovered. To create this man’s likeness, the artist painted a thin piece of wood with encaustic, or pigmented wax, a medium that not only gave the impression of three-dimensionality but also resisted fading and deterioration in the dry climate of Egypt. These highly individualized and lifelike portraits conveyed the wealth and status of the person depicted through clothing, jewelry, and other embellishments, such as the gold wreath of ivy worn by this man.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Mummy Portrait of a Man Wearing an Ivy Wreath

Origin

Fayum

Date

101 AD–150 AD

Medium

Lime (linden) wood, beeswax, pigments, gold, textile, and natural resin

Dimensions

39.4 × 22 × 0.2 cm (15 1/2 × 8 5/8 × 1/16 in.), depth with support 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1922.4798

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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