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Mummy portrait

Thorsten Opper

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Often highly individualistic portraits painted on wood or canvas that were positioned over the head of a mummy. They came into use in Egypt during the Roman Imperial period and partly replaced the more traditional, idealized masks. Some 900 to 1000 examples are currently known; particularly significant collections are in the British Museum and Petrie Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Mummy portraits

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Subjects: Art

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