Roman Egyptian Antiquities - Art - Sculpture - Pictures Images and photos { 281 images } Created 16 Nov 2021

Pictures and images of Roman Egyptian mummy portraits, Fayum mummy panels, statues and stele. Although a conservative civilisation, the Romans were quite open to absorbing other civilisations cultures and religions. A striking example of this can be seen in Egypt that was annexed to the roman Empire from around the beginning of the 1st cent BC. They inherited an Egypt whose elites were already a hybrid mix of Ancient Greek influenced by Ancient Egyptian culture. To this the Romans added Roman culture to produce Roman Egyptian Art. Plaster funerary masks were popular in Roman Egypt. They develop of course from Egyptian traditiions, but appearances could be strongly individualized and Roman fashions of hairstyle, dress and jewelry were followed to varying degrees. The plaster mummy masks also depicted the deceased in incredible detail and the best surviving examples are incredible life like depictions. Fayum mummy portraits are a type of naturalistic painted portrait on wooden boards attached to upper class mummies from Roman Egypt. They belong to the tradition of panel painting, one of the most highly regarded forms of art in the Classical world. The Fayum portraits are the only large body of art from that tradition to have survived.

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