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Mummy Portrait of a Young Man

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This portrait is a replica of a mummy portrait from the 2nd century AD excavated in the Roman province of Hawara in Egypt. The original is part of the collection of the archaeological museum in Munich. Despite the strong Greek and later Roman influences in Egypt, the Egyptians kept the cultural habit of mummifying their dead.

This handmade portrait is made on a wooden background, just like the original. It is made with natural colours and measures 19 x 15 cm.

Roman men from aristocratic families fulfilled several social functions. They organised competitions or could acquire fame as an officer in the army. In some cases, a young aristocrat even became an augus (priest of honour).

In the Roman era, not every citizen could afford a portrait of his own person: this was only possible for the aristocracy. As a result, practically only the higher classes are depicted in Roman art. This portrait shows a youth with curly hair and a beard. Wearing a beard was unusual in Rome. But this young man lived in Egypt and did not necessarily belong to a Roman family.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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