- Museum number
Mummy of a male child, aged 7 - 10 years:
Skull - No obvious fractures. The cervical spine appears intact.
Thorax and Abdomen - These cavities appear empty. The ribs, spinal column, pelvis, and hips are normal. No fractures or dislocations. The intervertebral discs, especially the lumbar, are partially opaque. The whole of the body surface shows a flecked appearance, probably due particles of sand in the resinous covering.
Arms - Extended. Hands, with fingers extended, the palmar surfaces in contact with the outer aspect of the thighs.
Legs - Menisci opaque. Bones appear normal. No lines of arrested growth.
Wrapped in a linen shroud bearing tempera representation of the deceased in Graeco-Roman costume, wearing white sandals and holding a bunch of laurel leaves in his left hand, right hand raised, hair painted red with white spots, the meaning of the four black marks on the forehead is unknown.
Contained in a painted wooden coffin, consisting of a flat base-board, with a raised edge, which is decorated with a painted representation of Nut, on a white ground; the convex lid is decorated with a painted representation of a snake and a floral garland on a white ground with red edges and sides.
- Production date
- 230-250 (circa)
Height: 85 centimetres (mummy)
Length: 95.50 centimetres (coffin)
Width: 32 centimetres (coffin)
Width: 21.50 centimetres (mummy)
- Curator's comments
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, 'Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto' (London, 1997), p. 141 ;
J. Filer in M. L. Bierbrier (ed.), 'Portraits and masks : burial customs in Roman Egypt ' (London, 1997), p.123, [pls.45.3,4];
S. Walker, 'Ancient Faces' [exhibition catalogue] (New York, 2000), pp. 117-118 ;
C. Riggs, 'The beautiful burial in Roman Egypt: art, identity, and funerary religion' (Oxford, 2005), 223, 231-2, 231 Fig. 116, 244, 293;
The British Museum, 'Guide to the First, Second and Third Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1924), p. 140.
- On display (G62/dc21)
- Exhibition history
1997 22 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondaione Memmo, Ancient Faces
2000 Feb-May, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ancient Faces
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 149 at sale.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.6715 (Birch Slip Number)
Miscellaneous number: S.149
Miscellaneous number: Salt 1821