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The Mysterious Fayum Portraits Faces From Ancient Egypt

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ISBN is 0500237131 / 9780500237137
Published by Thames & Hudson London 1995
Condition: Very Good+Edition: First
Category: SKU: 861

Description

The mysterious fayum portraits faces from ancient egypt In the first three centuries A.D., in a fertile district of Roman Egypt called the Fayum, a diverse community of Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Syrians, Libyans, Nubians, and Jews flourished. These people, and many of their contemporaries throughout the Nile Valley, embalmed the bodies of their dead and then placed over the faces portraits painted on wooden panels or linen. These paintings, today known as Fayum, or mummy, portraits, were created to preserve the memory of each individual.The Fayum portraits are by far the most important body of portraiture to have survived antiquity. Reproduced in this arresting book are some 180 of the finest of the more than 1,000 extant images – of men, women, and children, young and old, plain and beautiful – all of whom seem uncannily alive. A few of these faces have become familiar to scholars and museum-goers, but as a whole they have been neglected by art historians and will be new to most readers.

Additional information

Book Author

Euphrosyne Doxiadis

Publisher

Thames & Hudson London

Published

1995

Edition

First

ISBN 10

0500237131

ISBN 13

9780500237137

Language

English

Condition

Very Good+

Format

Hardcover

  • Brown Cloured
  • Dust Jacket
  • Condition VG+