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Portrait of a Man Wearing a Laurel Wreath

A portrait of a young man with dark hair and beard painted on an irregular piece of wood. The background is gold as a wreath of ivy and necklace he wears. There are many areas where the paint has come off the surface.
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  • A portrait of a young man with dark hair and beard painted on an irregular piece of wood. The background is gold as a wreath of ivy and necklace he wears. There are many areas where the paint has come off the surface.

Date:

Roman Period, early to mid–2nd century

Artist:

Egyptian; The Fayum, Egypt

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Cultures

Ancient Egyptian , Ancient Roman

Title

Portrait of a Man Wearing a Laurel Wreath

Places

Al Fayyum (Object made in), Ancient Egypt (Object made in), Roman Empire (Object made in)

Date

101 CE-150 CE

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

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