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The “Mummy Portraits” of Roman Egypt: Status, Ethnicity, and Magic (Free Hybrid Event)
How were Egyptian mummies prepared for the afterlife? In this free hybrid talk, Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran explores what face coverings called “mummy portraits” reveal about Egyptian society.
Lorelei H. Corcoran, Professor of Art History; Director, Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology University of Memphis
In ancient Egypt, one of the final steps in the mummification process was to equip the body with a permanent face covering that helped to protect the head and also to ritually transform the deceased into a god. The earliest examples of these were stylized masks, later replaced by more realistic-looking, painted portraits. Using evidence from the archaeological record and theView more
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