Female with Earring, Mummy Portrait, 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 girl with short (or pulled back) hair, 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 girl wears a central gold leaf pendant on her head and small gold earrings. There is a gold chain necklace with an oval pendant in the center. Her face was damaged by a tool. The intact left eye has an aquamarine blue color. The panel was split longitudinally into three major sections. It was conserved in 1984 and remounted in 1989 by Helena Jaeschke.

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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). Female with Earring, Mummy Portrait, Hawara. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4778/female-with-earring-mummy-portrait-hawara/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Female with Earring, Mummy Portrait, Hawara." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 28 Mar 2016. Web. 18 Oct 2021.