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PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION

An Egyptian Encaustic on Wood Mummy Portrait of a Girl, Roman Period, Trajanic, circa late 1st/early 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION

An Egyptian Encaustic on Wood Mummy Portrait of a Girl, Roman Period, Trajanic, circa late 1st/early 2nd Century A.D.
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An Egyptian Encaustic on Wood Mummy Portrait of a Girl, Roman Period, Trajanic, circa late 1st/early 2nd Century A.D.
her hair combed back, braided, arranged in a broad bun on top of the head, and escaping in thin delicate curls over the forehead and temples, and wearing a purple chiton with black clavus visible, purple mantle falling from her left shoulder, reddish necklace with gold amulet case pendant, and bracket earrings with small pearls and other precious stones.
30.5 by 16 cm.
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Provenance

said to be from the necropolis at er-Rubayat in the Fayum
Theodor Graf (1840-1903), Vienna, acquired in Egypt in the 1880s
Berlin Museums, acquired from the above's estate through Dorotheum, Vienna, 1928
Stadler Collection, Jestetten, Baden, Germany, acquired from the above in January 1929
Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich, 1955
private collection, Zurich, probably acquired from the above
by descent to the present owners

Literature

Graf, no. 57
Paul Buberl, Die griechisch-ägyptischen Mumienbildnisse der Sammlung Theodor Graf, Vienna, 1922, pp. 21, 41, no. 33, pl. 33
Heinrich Heydemann, Über die gemalten Bildnisse aus dem Fajum in Besitz des Herrn Theodor Graf zu Wien (Berichte über die Verhandlungen der Kgl. Sächsischen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, phil.-hist. Classe, vol. 40), Leipzig, 1888, p. 321
Irmgard Woldering, Bildkatalog des Kestner Museums Hannover, vol. I: Ausgewählte Werke der ägyptischen Sammlung, Hanover, 1958, plate in inserted supplement
Klaus Parlasca, Mumienporträts und verwandte Denkmäler, Wiesbaden, 1966, p. 134, note 67
Klaus Parlasca, Ritratti di Mummie (Repertorio d’arte dell’ Egitto greco-romano, serie B – volume I), 1966, p. 59, no. 118, pl. 28, 2
Barbara Borg, Mumienporträts : Chronologie und kultureller Kontext, Mainz am Rhein, 1996, p. 44f.

Catalogue Note

The present panel belongs to the first collection of mummy portraits assembled by the Viennese antiquities dealer Theodor Graf in the late 1880s. This famous collection made mummy portraits known to the Western world, when Graf exhibited it throughout Europe and America and published it prior to its dispersal (see Euphrosyne Doxiadis, The Mysterious Fayum Portraits:Faces from Ancient Egypt, London and New York, 1995, pp. 129-133).

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