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) on a thin wooden panel, which has split horizontally into several sections. The painting depicts a bare-chested man with short, dark hair and the shadow of a beard and moustache. This man's bare chest is a reference to athletic youthfulness, since exercising in the gymnasium – an important social hub for the elite – was a pastime of wealthy men in Roman Egypt. The subject's hairstyle and beard suggest a date late in the reign of the Emperor Trajan or early in that of Hadrian (110 to 120 CE).</p>

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