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Portrait of a thin-faced man

Roman Period
A.D. 140–170
From Egypt
Encaustic, limewood, gold leaf
H. 42.3 × W. 18.7 cm (16 5/8 × 7 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
This man's intent, direct gaze and parted lips make him seem restive. The remarkably free brushwork builds up forms without reliance on clean contours. The portrait has striking atmospheric qualities, such as the strands of seeminly damp hair that cling to the man's brow.

The gilding of the wreath and background was added after the panel had been inserted into the mummy wrapping.

For more on the technique used to create this portrait, see 09.181.1.
Purchased from Maurice Nahman in Cairo, 1909

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