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Mummy portrait
160 AD-190 AD

wood, tempera
1.2 × 20.3 × 34.8 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 young man, his shoulders turned slightly to the right but his head facing front on. An intact rectangular panel with the two upper corners cut off. The young man has short, curly hair, a short beard and moustache and large, dark eyes with defined eyelashes. He wears a brownish-black cloak over a white tunic. His neck and face are cream-brown, his lips are pink and his eyes, beard, hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are dark brown. The outline of the eyes and nose are a lighter brown. Short zigzag lines in dark brown radiate from the left shoulder of the youth. The background colour is a murky grey with a line of reddish-brown around the top edge of the panel. This same colour is visible on the young man's right shoulder, possibly as part of his tunic or cloak.