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THIS MUMMY IS a reflection of three great influences on Egyptian culture: native Pharaonic traditions, Greece, and Rome.

The mummy case is decorated with a falcon-collar and a series of traditional Egyptian funerary scenes applied in gold leaf. The identity of the dead man is preserved in a Greek inscription across the breast: ‘Farewell, Artemidorus’. A portrait panel, characteristic of Roman art, has been inserted at the head of the case. It is painted in encaustic, a mixture of pigment and beeswax with a hardening agent such as resin or egg.

Interior scans of the mummy show damage to the head but no signs of healing. While the damage may have resulted from rough treatment during mummification, it is possible that the injuries were the cause of death. Artemidorus was probably between 18 and 21 when he died, which is in keeping with the age suggested by his portrait.

Mummy portrait of Artemidorus


From Flawara, Egypt, c. ad 100-120 Fit 171 cm
Gift of H. Martyn Kennard



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