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Author Doxiadis, Euphrosyne.

Title The mysterious Fayum portraits : faces from ancient Egypt / Euphrosyne Doxiadis ; foreword by Dorothy J. Thompson
Published New York : H. N. Abrams, 1995


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  757.0932 Dox/Mfp  AVAILABLE
Description 247 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 33
Contents Foreword / Dorothy J. Thompson -- I. Graeco-Roman Egypt. The Social Context. The Religious Context -- II. The Portraits. The Pictorial Tradition, from Apelles to Icons. Methods: Scale, Materials and Colours -- III. The Find-Sites. Memphis and Saqqara. The Fayum or Arsinoite Nome, 'the Garden of Egypt'. The Necropolises of Philadelphia: Er-Rubayat and 'Kerke'. The Necropolis of Arsinoe: Aueris, or Hawara. The Necropolises of Antinoopolis. Other Sites -- Commentaries on the Portraits. Maps of the Fayum and the Nile valley. Problems in the Dating of the Mummy Portraits / Barbara Borg. Costume, Hairstyles and Jewelry
Summary In the first three centuries A.D., in a fertile district of Roman Egypt called the Fayum, a diverse community of Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Syrians, Libyans, Nubians, and Jews flourished. These people, and many of their contemporaries throughout the Nile Valley, embalmed the bodies of their dead and then placed over the faces portraits painted on wooden panels or linen. These paintings, today known as Fayum, or mummy, portraits, were created to preserve the memory of each individual. The Fayum portraits are by far the most important body of portraiture to have survived antiquity. Reproduced in this arresting book are some 180 of the finest of the more than 1,000 extant images - of men, women, and children, young and old, plain and beautiful - all of whom seem uncannily alive. A few of these faces have become familiar to scholars and museum-goers, but as a whole they have been neglected by art historians and will be new to most readers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-243) and index
Subject Mummy portraits -- Egypt.
Portraits, Roman -- Egypt.
LC no. 95009506
ISBN 0810933314