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Romano-Egyptian Fayum Plaster Death Mask - SP.645
Origin: Fayum, Egypt
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high
Collection: Egyptian Antiquities
Medium: Plaster


Location: United States
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A continuation of the Ancient Egyptian tradition of depicting the deceased in funerary art, this splendid mask displays a vivid and realistic approach to portraiture that reflects the influence of Hellenistic and Roman art. Looking upon the serene, slightly smiling face of this pretty woman who lived when Egypt was the richest province of the Roman Empire, we feel as if we know her well. We understand her desire to be remembered long after her life on earth had ended, to preserve for all eternity the unfading image of herself. In this objective, she has certainly succeeded, for in the presence of this lovely mask we cannot help but think about the ancient person for whom this is the only remaining clue - (SP.645)

 

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