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Mummy portrait of a young Roman woman

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This portrait is a replica of a mummy portrait from 170 AD excavated in the Roman province of Egypt. The original is part of the collection of the British Museum, London. Despite the strong Greek and later Roman influences in Egypt, the Egyptians kept mummifying their dead.

This handmade portrait is, just like the original, made on a wooden background. It is made of natural colours and measures 24 x 14 cm. This portrait can be hung to a wall.

The portrait depicts a Roman lady from an aristocratic family. Although Roman women had a subservient role in society and could not vote, in practice they were often more independent than expected. In Pompeii a lady is depicted with a pen and ink jar: an indication that women could write. Roman emperor August frequently consulted his wife Livia on state matters. The lady depicted on this portrait could presumably write, signed contracts and represented her family. She wears luxurious jewels and has a haircut in the latest fashion.

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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