Portrait mummy of a man

Roman Imperial Period
A.D. 150–175

Findspot: Egypt, Hawara


Height x width: 167 x 35 cm (65 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Encaustic (colored wax) on wood over linen and human remains

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Body of man with diagonally crossed wrappings forming a rhomboidal pattern. Panel portrait, rounded at the top, with portrait in encaustic depicting a young man with his face turned slightly to the left. He had dark, curly hair, thick brows, and a full, curly beard, and wears a white chiton and mantle. Fine preservation.


From Hawara. Excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; awarded to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account.

(Accession Date: December 7, 1911)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription