Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt

Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt

by Susan Walker
     
 

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, February-May 2000, the first major showing in North America of stunning painted mummy portraits that represent a confluence of ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures and the Graeco-Roman painting tradition. The catalog concentrates closely on the paintings, their artistry, and their… See more details below

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, February-May 2000, the first major showing in North America of stunning painted mummy portraits that represent a confluence of ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures and the Graeco-Roman painting tradition. The catalog concentrates closely on the paintings, their artistry, and their social context and meaning. Seven contributed essays set the context. The 122 color and 23 b&w illustrations are fully discussed and described by editor Walker, who is affiliated with the British Museum. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415927444
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements6
Director's Foreword7
Map8
Before the Portraits: Burial Practices in Pharaonic Egypt9
Graeco-Roman Portraiture14
Mummy Portraits and Roman Portraiture23
The Fayum and its People26
Technique30
The Discovery of the Mummy Portraits32
A Note on the Dating of Mummy Portraits34
Portraits and Mummies from Hawara38
Gilded Masks from Hawara66
Portraits from er-Rubayat (Philadelphia)69
Portraits from Antinoopolis and other Sites88
Portraits of Technical Interest120
Pagan Icons124
Portraits on Painted Plaster Masks128
Stone Funerary Stelae141
Portraits of the Later Third Century A.D. from Dier el-Bahri and Antinoopolis145
The Cultural and Archaeological Context149
Select Bibliography161
Glossary163
Egyptian Deities and Chronology164
Lenders to the Exhibition and Photographic Acknowledgements165
Concordance of Catalogue and Museum Numbers166

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