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Mummy of Artemidora

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
A.D. 90–100
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir
Medium:
Human remains, linen, mummification material, painted, plastered, and gilded cartonnage
Dimensions:
L. 196 cm (77 3/16 in); W. 53 cm (20 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911
Accession Number:
11.155.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
The mask portrays a young woman lying flat as if upon her bier. Her hair is arranged in tiers of snail curls over her forehead. Alongside her face flows a black Egyptian-style wig, the long locks bound with narrow rings of gold in pharaonic fashion. She wears a dark red tunic with black clavi (stripes) edged in gold. The jewelry includes snake bracelets and gold ball earrings. At the back of the head is support decorated with imagery signifying rebirth, including a dark blue glass scarab beetle. Attached to the wrappings of the mummy are gold appliqué figures of Osiris, Isis and Nephthys.

On the bottom of the foot is an image of Anubis bearing the disk of the moon. Set in a tabula ansata above this is a conventional Greek funerary inscription, "Artemidora, daughter of Harpokras, died untimely, aged 27. Farewell." C.A.T. scans of the mummy likewise suggest an age of 25 to 30.
Purchased by J. P. Morgan and presented to the Metropolitan Museum, 1911.

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