Mummy Portrait from the Tomb of Aline at Hawara

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 07 September 2019
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Mummy portrait from the Tomb of Aline, Hawara. Early Roman Period of Egypt, c. 24 CE.

Neues Museum, Berlin.

The Tomb of Aline was unearthed in 1892 by the German archaeologist Richard von Kaufmann. A hewn stele carved with a Greek inscription mentions the name Aline as the owner of the tomb; the grave was named after this woman's name. Because the mummy is still intact and not opened, it was initially thought that this mummy represents a boy, not a girl. However, recent analysis of the portrait has shown that the child is female and is identified as one of Aline's daughters. The chubby-faced girl wears a leather band with a lunula pendant around her neck; a type of apotropaic amulets commonly worn by women or girls in Roman Egypt. The girl wears a violet chiton, partially fallen, exposing her left shoulder; a feature exclusive to females and associated to the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, September 07). Mummy Portrait from the Tomb of Aline at Hawara. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/11148/mummy-portrait-from-the-tomb-of-aline-at-hawara/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Mummy Portrait from the Tomb of Aline at Hawara." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 07 Sep 2019. Web. 23 Oct 2021.