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Saturday, March 15, 2014

fayum portraits are from greco roman cemeteries

Roman Art from the time of Augustus Caesar includes Fayum Portraits, named for the Fayum Oasis south of modern Cairo;in the Greco-Roman cemeteries there the customs of Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations merged. The panel paintings may have been used as ordinary potraits until the owner died, and then were wrapped into the coverings of the mummy as a mask following Egyptian traditions.

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