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.
- Ancient Egyptian , Ancient Roman
- Portrait of a Man Wearing a Laurel Wreath
- Al Fayyum (Object made in), Ancient Egypt (Object made in), Roman Empire (Object made in)
- 101 CE-150 CE
- Lime (linden) wood, beeswax, pigments, gold, textile, and natural resin
- Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne