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Mummy portrait of a woman: E.102.1911

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Mummy portrait of a woman


Mummy portrait of woman. The portrait is painted using the encaustic technique onto lime panels. This was an imported Mediterranean wood and was used for the majority of the Hawara portraits. This panel would have been placed over the face of a mummy.

Measurements and weight

Height: 39 cm
Width: 20 cm

Relative size of this object

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Find spot

  • Hawara Faiyum Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911) by British School of Archaeology in Egypt


Middle Roman
100 - 150 150

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.102.1911
Primary reference Number: 51330
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 April 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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