A Mummy Portrait of a Young Man, Tempera on Wood, Egypt, 3rd Quarter of the 4th Century A.D.
- A Mummy Portrait of a Young Man, Tempera on Wood, Egypt
- 11 1/4 by 6 5/8 in. 28.5 by 17 cm.
Theodor Graf (1840-1903), Vienna, 2nd Collection
Flinker Collection, Vienna (Dorotheum, Vienna, Kunstauktion 417: Gemälde alter und neuerer Meister, November 24th, 1932, no. 31, illus.)
Klaus Parlasca, Ritratti di mummie (Repertorio d'arte dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, Serie B - Volume III), Rome, 1980, p. 50, no. 607, pl. 144,1
R. M. Bonacasa Carra, "Statua di letterato del Museo Greco-Romano di Alessandria," in Alessandria e il mondo ellenistico-romano: studi in onore di Achille Adriani, Rome, 1983-1984, p. 134, no. 13
Barbara Borg, Mumienporträts. Chronologie und kultureller Kontext, Mainz, 1996, pp. 74 and 105
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The back of the panel is stamped with the purple circular seal "Sammlung Theodor Graf," inscribed in blue pencil with the number "608315" or "600315," in lead pencil with the number "49426," in purple pencil with the number "126," and also in purple pencil with a line of one or two barely decipherable German(?) words followed by a series of digits; there are remains of glue from now missing old labels.
For a related portrait of a young man by the same hand and with the same provenance see Dorotheum, Vienna, November 24th, 1932, no. 34 (Parlasca, op. cit., 1980, p. 50, no. 608, pl. 144,2).
The Austrian art dealer Theodor von Graf "was in business in Cairo and Vienna, and many very important finds passed through his hands... He acquired a collection of about 300 Romano-Egyptian portrait panels in 1887, 90 of which formed a travelling exhibition prior to sale in Europe and America; the rest were sold after his death by his heirs" (W. Dawson and Eric P. Uphill, Who was Who in Egyptology, 3rd ed., London, 1995, p. 173).