An Introduction to the Faiyum Mummy Portraits

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 25 September 2022

The Faiyum (Fayum) mummy portraits were unearthed by the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie (though others had been found elsewhere earlier) and they were so impressive, expressive and life-like that Flinders Petrie thought that the subjects must have been alive when they were painted, however, it is clear now that this was not so; they were all painted after the person’s death. The Fayum Mummy portraits are images of people painted on wood in the Greek style of the person being depicted in three-quarter view.

The region of Fayum in ancient Egypt was a fertile oasis that was home to abundant plant and animal life. This lush oasis around one hundred km south of the ancient city of Memphis (near modern-day Cairo) wasn’t always so full of plant and animal life, but was once an arid desert basin until a branch of the Nile river silted up and water was diverted to it.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
1:08 Introduction to Fayum
2:24 The Fayum Mummy Portraits
5:50 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2022, September 25). An Introduction to the Faiyum Mummy Portraits. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2838/an-introduction-to-the-faiyum-mummy-portraits/

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Macquire, Kelly. "An Introduction to the Faiyum Mummy Portraits." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 25, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2838/an-introduction-to-the-faiyum-mummy-portraits/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "An Introduction to the Faiyum Mummy Portraits." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 25 Sep 2022. Web. 08 Dec 2022.

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