Ancient Faces

Ancient Faces

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When they were first discovered over a century ago, the painted panel and shroud portraits of Roman Egypt were a revelation to scholars and public alike. Even today they constitute the only corpus of coloured images of individuals to survive from classical antiquity. Many of the paintings are of outstanding artistic quality; as a whole, they reflect a range of techniques and styles, often related to specific communities. Many of the best-known portraits come from the Fayum, but portraits in various media are known from sites in the Nile Valley and along the Mediterranean coast. Here a wide range is presented, showing Roman influence coexisting with traditional Egyptian ways of commemorating the dead.While mummy portraits were unframed and painted on boards so thin as to make them unsuitable for use outside the mummy ... He wears a garland in his hair, and holds a spear in his left hand and a serpent-coiled pine bough in his right.

Title:Ancient Faces
Author:Susan Walker, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher:Taylor & Francis - 2000


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