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  • Ancient Egyptian mummy portrait to make $116,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Ancient Egyptian mummy portrait to make $116,000?

An ancient Egyptian mummy portrait painted on wood is set to cross the block at Sotheby’s on July 5.

It's valued at £70,000-90,000 ($90,440-116,280).

Egyptian mummy painting

This painting would have been buried alongside a mummy 

The tradition of painting a likeness of the deceased and burying it with them began in Egypt during the Roman period, from the 1st Century AD onwards.

Thanks to Egypt’s hot and dry climate, around 900 are known to have survived – often in extremely good condition.

One particularly fine example from the 2nd century AD sold for $936,000 at Sotheby’s in 2007.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • aroundburyingcenturycrossdeceasedegyptknownlikenessndpaintedperiodsignsothebythanksvalued