Golden Mummies : Panel painting

Golden Mummies

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Representation of a man removed from his mummified body, painted in encaustic (hot wax) technique on a thin panel of lime wood. The man's style of hair and beard copy the third portrait type of the Roman emperor Commodus, which dates this portrait to c. 185 to 195 CE (Commodus ruled from 180 to 192 CE). The man wears a white tunic with dark red stripes (called 'clavi') on the front, and a dark red mantle draped over his left shoulder and around his body. The arrangement of the mantle might indicate that this man held a civic office, and a studded sword belt – or ‘balteus’ - suggest the depiction of a soldier.</p>

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