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Mummy portrait


Mummy-portrait in encaustic waxes on a wooden panel, depicting a woman wearing a red tunic and elaborate jewellery, excavated by Petrie: Ancient Egyptian, Hawara, Middle Egypt, Roman Period, c. AD 110-130

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Mummy portrait, Portrait-board

Production information

Hawara, Middle Egypt, Egypt, Northern Africa


Roman Period

Style / Culture

Ancient Egyptian


Wood, Wax, Gold

Collection place(s)

Hawara, Middle Egypt, Egypt, Northern Africa


British School of Archaeology in Egypt
Excavator: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders, Professor Sir, 1853 - 1942
Egyptian Research Students Association [Edinburgh and Glasgow]


  • Ancient Egypt Rediscovered (08 Feb 2019)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Ancient Faces (20 Jul 1997)
    British Museum

  • Egyptian Gallery, 2003 - 2008 (2003 - 2008)
    Royal Scottish Museum

  • Pittura Romana (24 Sep 2009 - 30 Mar 2010)
    Scuderie del Quirinale

  • Ancient Egypt (29 Jul 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland


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Petrie 1913: Hawara Portfolio (London: British School of Archaeology in Egypt) pl.XVII

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Stefanelli 1992 : L’oro dei Romani: gioielli di età imperiale (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider) [30], fig.29

CORCORAN, L 1995. Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt (I-IV Centuries A.D.), with a Catalog of Portrait Mummies in Egyptian Museums. Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilisation 55 (Chicago: Chicago University Press) 9 [27], 21

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Manley, B and Dodson, A., (2010) Life Everlasting. National Museums Scotland Collection of Ancient Egyptian Coffins (Edinburgh: NMS Enterprises Ltd.), Cat.57, p.135

Nelson-Berry, M (2018) " Excavated Roman Jewelry: The Case of the Gold Body Chains" in E. Simpson (ed.) The Adventure of the Illustrious Scholar: Paper Presented to Oscar White Muscarella.

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