Plaster Portrait Mask of a Youth

Roman Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138

This youth's black hair is combed into a slightly wild style reminiscent of portraits fashionable in the Greek-speaking eastern provinces of the Roman Empire in the mid- and later second century a.d. Over his white tunic with rose clavi (stripes) he wears a white mantle, with a woven H-motif visible below his left hand. The youth's head is raised on a rather high support decorated with Egyptian motifs. Flanking his neck are banks of three golden uraei, and at the back of his head is the falcon god Re-Harakhty, flanked by two of the Sons of Horus, Qebesenuef and Duamutef.

Plaster Portrait Mask of a Youth, Plaster, linen, paint, lapis lazuli, glass

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