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Woman with Earrings

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Traditional Egyptian burials included face masks, coffins, or mummy boards with an idealized image of the deceased. Later, in the Roman Period, much more lifelike portraits represented the individualized features of the embalmed person. These were placed within mummy wrappings directly over the head of the mummy.

Portraits such as this are often referred to as “Fayum portraits” because a great number of them were discovered in the Fayum oasis in Egypt. However, the exact origin of Woman with Earrings and two similar portraits displayed in this gallery is not known.
MEDIUM Encaustic on wood
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 100–105 C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 1/16 in. (38.8 x 23.2 x 0.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.146.9
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Woman with Earrings, 100–105 C.E. Encaustic on wood, 15 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 1/16 in. (38.8 x 23.2 x 0.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.146.9 (Photo: , 1996.146.9_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1996.146.9_PS9.jpg., 2018
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