Jewelled Lady Mummy Portrait from Hawara

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 March 2016
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Mummy portrait of a young woman, from Hawara cemetery, Egypt, 1st-2nd centuries CE.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London (with thanks to The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL).

The Petrie Museum has the largest collection of these "portraits" outside of Egypt. Originally, these portraits were placed over the mummified body; these images were hailed as the first lifelike representations of real people on their first exhibition in London in 1888. The portraits were excavated in 1888-1889 and 1910-1911. This woman has short black curly hair and wears silvered glass/coral and gold pendant earrings. She wears 2 strings of beads; one garnet and beryl with gold and one with silvered glass/coral and gold. She wears a light purple chiton with a dark purple himation over each shoulder, which has a yellow band on each of them.

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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. (2016, March 28). Jewelled Lady Mummy Portrait from Hawara. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4779/jewelled-lady-mummy-portrait-from-hawara/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Jewelled Lady Mummy Portrait from Hawara." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 28 Mar 2016. Web. 28 Oct 2021.