Golden Mummies : Panel painting

Golden Mummies

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Representation of a woman removed from her mummified body, painted in encaustic (hot wax) on a thin wooden panel. The woman's hair is coiled in a tall bun on top of her head, and parted in the middle of her forehead. She wears a purple tunic bordered by a black band embroidered in gold, and a red or light purple mantle is wrapped around her shoulders. She also wears a necklace of long green stones separated by gold beads, and gold earrings threaded with pearls. The woman's hairstyle dates this portrait to the early Antonine period, c. 138 to 160 CE.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Traces of linen on the lower surface are the remains of wrappings, where the panel was attached to the outer wrappings of the body.</p>

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