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Mummy portrait
160 AD-190 AD

wood, gesso, tempera
30.6 × 21.5 × 1.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1940
Gallery location
Fashion & Textiles Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Head and shoulders of a young woman, her head and shoulders turned slightly to the right but her eyes looking slightly left. An intact, roughly rectangular panel, both the upper and lower edges cut on a slight angle and the sides narrowing slightly towards the base. The woman's facial features are softly painted, much more so than the male portraits and her hair is parted in the middle and tied in a low bun at the back. She wears a pinkish-mauve tunic with black shoulder bands edged with yellow/gold. Around her neck is a double-strand bead necklace and her earrings are composed of two gold balls suspended on chains from a horizontal bar. Her skin is pale pinkish-beige, which blends into the murky cream-brown background colour. Her lips are mid-brown, her eyes and hair mid to dark brown and her eyebrows and eyelashes black-brown.