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Roman Period Mummy Portraits

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Introduction to the project

In late 2019, members of the Fitzwilliam Egyptian Coffins team were generously awarded funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund...

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What are mummy portraits?

Mummy portraits, which are also often called Faiyum portraits, are a type of lifelike painting on wooden boards that were...

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Construction

In this video, expert in ancient Egyptian woodworking, Dr Geoffrey Killen, demonstrates how the panels used in Roman period mummy...

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Decoration

In this video, expert in historical painting techniques, Dr Lucy Wrapson of the Hamilton Kerr Institute (part of the Fitzwilliam...

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Pop-Up Museum

In this video, Helen Strudwick, Curator of Egyptian Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, shares one type of effective outreach project...

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Red shroud mummy

Object number: E.63.1903 Description: Red shroud mummy with painted wood panel over face from El-Hiba, Egypt, AD 100-150. Gift of...

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Mummy portrait of a woman

Object number: E.102.1911 Description: Mummy portrait of a woman from Hawara, Egypt. In 1888 Petrie discovered the painted portraits at...

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Mummy portrait of Didyme

Object number: E.5.1981 Description: Painted wooden mummy portrait of a young child (probably a girl) named Didyme, probably from Antinopolis,...

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Mummy portrait of a bearded man

Object number: E.2.1888 Description: Mummy portrait of a bearded man from Hawara, mid-late 2nd Century AD. Measurements: H. 32.5cm W....

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