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[11309] Shroud, Object, Registered, Africa, Egypt, Middle Egypt, Antinoe (el-Sheikh Ibada)

Accession Number 11309
Object Name Shroud
Mummy portrait
Description Painted linen shroud, with jewellery added in gilded plaster. The shroud was made for a young girl, who is shown in a full-lenth painted on a layer of gesso (thin plaster). She wears a white tunic with purple tapestry bands down the front and around the ends of the sleeves. Her hair is short, and she wears heavy gold bracelets and anklets, added to the shroud in plaster; she also wears gold ear-rings and rings. In her left hand, she holds a floral garland, and her right hand is raised, palm outwards, in a gesture of greeting or prayer. On her feet, she wears a pair of thong sandals.

From below her hands to her ankles, the girl's body is covered by a bead-net pattern, filled with rosettes. A decorative frame surrounds her face. Along the sides of her body are several Egyptian funerary scenes, for instance, the god Anubis preparing a mummy.

The shroud was acquired by a British collector, Mr Max Robinow, in the late 19th century. The style of decoration shows that it belongs to a group of similar shrouds discovered at Antinoe, where the Roman emperor Hadrian founded a new city in AD 130. The style of dress indicates that the shroud was made in the late 3rd century to mid-4th century AD (c. AD 280-350).
Length (cm) 117.0
Width (cm) 33.0
Primary Materials Linen
Period/Dynasty Roman Egypt
Site Name Africa, Egypt, Middle Egypt, Antinoe (el-Sheikh Ibada)
Acquisition Robinow, Mr. Max E. (Donation, January 1959)
Page 242. Plate 215
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