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Ancient Art
Artist: St. Louis Painter, active ca. 290–ca. 310

Mummy Portrait of an Old Woman

2nd century A.D.

Tempera on wood panel, probably oak. The portrait is shown against a bluish grey background. Set into the cloth wrappings of a mummy, covering the face of the deceased. The unpainted edge would have been covered by the mummy wrappings

24.5 × 9.51 × 0.4 cm (9 5/8 × 3 3/4 × 3/16 in.)
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund
2011.102.1
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Egyptian
Period: 
Roman Period
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Augustus Pitt Rivers, Dorset, acquired from Reverend Chester Greville, August 7th, 1889.
George Pitt-Rivers, Dorset.
Property of Mrs. Stella Pitt-Rivers;
Sotheby's, London, 10 December 1984, lot 154.
With Jack Ogden, London, 1985;
With Charles Ede, London;
Sale, Christie's New York, June 9, 2011, Lot 66.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2012.pdf (accessed December 21, 2012).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.