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Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

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Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward

Portrait of a woman (ultraviolet image at left, and original portrait at right), Roman Egypt, probably from er-Rubayat, c. 200 CE. Tempera on sycamore fig panel. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1939.111. Mummy Portrait of a Woman with Earrings Mummy Portrait of a Woman with Earrings This highly naturalistic mummy portrait depicts a young woman with deep brown eyes, arched brows, and a long pointed nose. Her dark hair is pulled back with only a row of small curls framing her forehead. Her jewelry is simple: small gold double-hooped earrings, each with a pendant pearl. She wears a deep purple tunic with green shoulder bands and maroon clasps all over a white undergarment, visible only at the neckline. Mummy Mask of a Man Mummy Mask of a Man Mummy Portrait of a Woman Mummy Portrait of a Woman Fragmentary Mummy Portrait of a Woman Fragmentary Mummy Portrait of a Woman Although difficult to characterize because of its fragmentary nature, the portrait depicts a young woman. The woman looks forward with large brown eyes that are delicately rimmed with thick lashes. The figure's black-brown hair is parted in the center and pulled back from her face with visible rows of herring-bone pattern painted in thick, dark pigment to suggest plaited rows. Fragments of a Mummy Portrait of a Man Fragments of a Mummy Portrait of a Man Mummy portrait of a bearded man wearing a white tunic. His face is highly detailed, with large brown eyes and a light beard with moustache. His hair is dark and holds the remains of a gold diadem. His tunic is white, with a navy blue vertical stripe over his right shoulder. There is a red band with gold studs running from behind the right side of hi

Come face to face with portraits of Egyptians who lived during the Roman period and discover what role these images played in funerary rituals as well as what modern technical study can reveal about ancient artistic practices.

Featuring several painted portrait panels, sculptural portraits, and a linen burial shroud, this tightly focused exhibition asks visitors to reflect upon objects that represent the deceased and were once intimately connected with their bodies. The exact findspots and details of the excavation and dismantling of these objects were not recorded; and while the portraits present seemingly familiar faces, we can never fully know the people behind them. So what more can we learn from the objects

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ADMISSION INFO

$20
Adults

$18
Seniors (65+)

Free
Sundays—free to all!

Free
All students with a valid ID

Free
Harvard ID holders (plus one guest)

Free
Harvard Art Museums Friends

Free
Youth under 18

Free
Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)

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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: No
Social Distancing: No
Limited Capacity: No
Reservations Required: No
Proof of Vaccination Required: No

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Sat, Dec 3, 2022

10:00 am at Harvard Art Museums

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