Skip Navigation

 Museum Explorer

Dress and ornament in
Ancient Egypt

Mummy of a Roman woman

Height: 44.200 cm
Width: 20.000 cm

EA 65346

Mummy of a Roman woman

Probably from: er-Rubayat, Egypt
Date: Roman Period, about AD 160-170

In later Egyptian times it became the fashion to put a portrait of the dead person onto the outside of their mummy case. We do not know who this woman was, but judging by her dress she must have been extremely wealthy. Her hair and clothes are very fashionable, and her jewellery is expensive: pearl and emerald earrings, a necklace with large gemstones, and a gold circlet on her head.

However, she might not have been so pretty in real life - often mummy portraits were painted to make their owners look younger than they actually were.