Fragmentary Shroud with a Bearded Young Man

Roman Period

Not on view

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.

Fragmentary Shroud with a Bearded Young Man, Linen, tempera paint

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