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Mummy portrait
140 CE-160 CE

wood, gesso, linen, tempera
32.4 × 23.2 × 0.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1940
Gallery location
Not on display
Head and shoulders of a man turned slightly to the left with the face looking straight ahead. Rectangular panel with both top corners cut off; the right edge and a section of the bottom of the panel are missing. The man has dark brown curly hair with a receding hair line, a short, grey beard and moustache and dark brown eyes. All the features are strongly outlined. He wears a white tunic with brown, possibly red, narrow shoulder bands. His skin is brownish-orange (like 1501-5), his eyes and hair are dark brown and his eyebrows black. The eyes, mouth, moustache and parts of the beard are outlined in black-brown, although the moustache and beard are pale grey. The background is a murky dark grey.