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Ancient Faces Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt

£18.99

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This 1997 second impression comes from an exhibition held in the British Museum. The soft cover is not damaged and internally there are no markings or annotations.

The painted panel and shroud portraits of Roman Egypt constitute the only corpus of coloured images of individuals to survive from classical antiquity. Many are of outstanding artistic quality, and as a whole they reflect a range of techniques and styles. The images combine both the subject's belief in the traditional Egyptian cults, which offered them a firm prospect of life after death, and the Roman manner, of reflecting the subject's status in life. The portraits reveal the adoption of Roman fashions in dress and personal adornment by persons remote from the centre of the empire, but likely to have been actively engaged in its local administration. Many of the best known portraits come from the Fayum, but others in various media are known from sites in the Nile Valley and along the Mediterranean coast. This catalogue, published to coincide with an exhibition at the British Museum, presents a wide range of these portraits, showing the Roman influence coexisting with traditional Egyptian ways of commemorating the dead.

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Author(s):
Walker, Susan & Bierbrier, Morris
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0714109894
ISBN-13:
9780714109893
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
British Museum

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This 1997 second impression comes from an exhibition held in the British Museum. The soft cover is not damaged and internally there are no markings or annotations.

The painted panel and shroud portraits of Roman Egypt constitute the only corpus of coloured images of individuals to survive from classical antiquity. Many are of outstanding artistic quality, and as a whole they reflect a range of techniques and styles. The images combine both the subject's belief in the traditional Egyptian cults, which offered them a firm prospect of life after death, and the Roman manner, of reflecting the subject's status in life. The portraits reveal the adoption of Roman fashions in dress and personal adornment by persons remote from the centre of the empire, but likely to have been actively engaged in its local administration. Many of the best known portraits come from the Fayum, but others in various media are known from sites in the Nile Valley and along the Mediterranean coast. This catalogue, published to coincide with an exhibition at the British Museum, presents a wide range of these portraits, showing the Roman influence coexisting with traditional Egyptian ways of commemorating the dead.

Author(s):
Walker, Susan & Bierbrier, Morris
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0714109894
ISBN-13:
9780714109893
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
British Museum

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