- Museum number
Mummy of a Greek youth, aged 19-21, named Artemidorus in a cartonnage body-case with mythological decoration in gold leaf and an encaustic on limewood portrait-panel covering the face and inscription on the chest. There is an inscription in Greek on the mummy-case.
Skull - there is an extensive stellate fracture of the vault of the skull which may be ante mortem. All teeth appear to be present. The cervical spine is obscured by the mandible and packing material which is present in the neck and shoulder region.
Thorax and Abdomen - These cavities appear to be filled with some sandy material. The dorsal spine is in disorder; all the ribs have been dislocated at their costo-vertebral junctions, but not fractured. The lumbar spine appears intact, but the intervertebral discs are opaque. There is bilateral sacrilisation of the 5th lumbar vertebra. The iliac epiphyses have by no means closed, hence the estimate of age.
Arms - Extended. Hands with extended fingers in the pubic area.
Legs - Menisci opaque. No fractures, dislocations, or lines of arrested growth.
- Production date
Length: 171 centimetres
- Curator's comments
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, 'Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto' (London, 1997), pp. 80-81 ;
Green in W. V. Davies (ed.), 'Colour and painting in ancient Egypt' (London, 2001), p. 46, col. pl. 10 ;
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Hawara, Biahmu and Arsinoe' (London, 1889), p. 18;
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Seventy years in archaeology' (London, 1931), p. 84.
J M Filer, 'Revealing the face of Artemidorus', Minerva 9/4 (July/August 1998), 21-24;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 304-5.
D. Antoine and M. Vandenbeusch, Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives, Sydney 2016, p. 168.
- On display (G62/dc22)
- Exhibition history
1997 22 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondaione Memmo, Ancient Faces
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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