Funerary Portrait of a Woman

c. AD 138–92

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

So-called mummy portraits were apparently painted during the owners' lives and hung in their homes. At the time of the owner's death, the portrait was taken down, cut from its frame, and trimmed to fit the deceased's mummy, to which it was bound. It was at that time also that the gilding on the center painting was added.

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  • Title: Funerary Portrait of a Woman
  • Date Created: c. AD 138–92
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 26 x 19 cm (10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1971.136
  • Medium: encaustic on linen
  • Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Culture: Egypt, Roman Empire, Antonine
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Egypt - Greco-Roman
  • Accession Number: 1971.136

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