Funerary mask, Antinopolis, 2nd century A.D.


Painted plaster funerary mask. Mummy portrait of a young boy. Hair painted in black with curls along the forehead joining the ears. The eyes and mouth were initially painted.

Antinopolis, 2nd century A.D.

Height: 23 cm (9 in.).

These masks depicted the portrait of the deceased or the portrait of a living inhabitant of Antinopolis chosen because of his resemblance with the dead person. They were produced during the founding of the city by Hadrian in the middle of the 2nd century AD. This tradition stopped at the end of the 3rd century AD.

For further reading: book about the portraits from Antinopolis at the Guimet Museum, published in 1912, Paris.

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