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Funerary Artists

Maria Cannata

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199571451.013.0037

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Funerary Artists

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Evidence suggests that the cost of wrapping and decorating a mummy was an expensive enterprise, and considering the wide range of people involved and the materials required, one would expect transactions concerning such costly items to have generated some paperwork. However, textual evidence for the production of mummies, burial assemblages, or tombs in Roman Egypt is almost non-existent, so much so that funerary art could almost be defined as art without artists, created by invisible hands. This article collects the available evidence and attempts to understand better the working life of the funerary artists and craftsmen of Roman Egypt.

Keywords: funerary art; craftsmen; mummy decoration; Roman Egypt

Article.  7860 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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