Fragmentary Shroud with a Bearded Young Man
- Roman Period
- A.D. 120–150
- From Egypt
- Linen, tempera paint
- h. 100.6 cm (39 5/8 in); w. 69 cm (27 3/16 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1908
- Accession Number:
A young man with wide eyes and an incipient moustache stands before a dark gray background, with a lighter gray area around his head. In his hand he holds a bundle of foliage, perhaps myrtle. To each side of his head is a figure of the falcon god Horus, alternately with the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt. Originally, there were ladders of vignettes with deity figures at each edge; remains of a dark skinned god with a blue crown are preserved at left.
A hieroglyphic inscription at the top refers to the Egyptian god Horus the Behedite, immanent in the winged sun disk that originally topped the shroud; only the tips of some wing feathers are preserved at the upper left corner.