- Museum number
Mummy of an adolescent boy, name unknown. The body appears to have been wrapped when in an advanced state of decomposition:
Skull - Upper incisors and canines missing. No obvious fractures.
Body and Limbs - The ribs and spinal column are in a state of utter confusion. The humeri have been disarticulated and placed in positions to consolidate the the thorax. The disjointed radii and ulnae are so placed as to perform a similar function for the abdomen and pelvis. On the left side, as if to reinforce these 'splints', an inverted fibula lies externally. A similar state of affairs almost certainly exists on the opposite side, as both fibulae have been disected from the tibiae and are not present in the legs. The bone shadows on the right side, however, are very confused and accurate interpretation is difficult. No amulets. No lines of arrested growth.
The body is wrapped in fine linen, with an encaustic mummy-portrait inserted into the bandages over the face, the front panel of the wrappings has been intricately arranged into concentric diamonds, each with a gilded stud at the centre, cartonnage foot section with polychrome painted decoration.
- Production date
Length: 138.50 millimetres (mummy)
Length: 24 centimetres (portrait)
Width: 39.70 centimetres (mummy)
Depth: 26.50 centimetres (mummy)
- Curator's comments
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, 'Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto' (London, 1997), p. 79 ;
D. Monsterrat and J. Filer in M. L. Bierbrier, 'Portraits and masks : burial customs in Roman Egypt ' (London, 1997), p.37, 122-123 [pls.44.3,4];
A. Shimbun (ed.), 'Art and afterlife in Ancient Egypt : from the British Museum' (Japan 1999-2000), ;
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Hawara, Biahmu and Arsinoe' (London, 1889), pl. IX. 4.
- On display (G63/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1997 22 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondaione Memmo, Ancient Faces
2015 4 Dec – 2016 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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