Mumieporträtt. En konstbok från Nationalmuseum.
The yearbook of Nationalmuseum 2000.
With an introduction by Dominic Montserrat.
The collection of twenty-seven portraits made on wooden panels, generally referred to as Fayum portraits, are named after the site where many were found. Sometimes they are called mummy portraits, since they were found placed upon the face of mummies, inserted into the bandages. They are multicultural works of art, dated to the Roman period in Egypt and reflecting the Greek and Hellenistic painting tradition. Stylistic and cultural aspects were studied as well as the materials used and the items state of preservatio. Samples from selected objects analysed in scientific laboratory.
The investigation was made in collaboration with the conservation and the research departments at Nationalmuseum, and the scientific laboratories at Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. The pubblication was funded by Konung Gustav VI Adolfs Fond för Svensk Kultur, Åke Wibergs Stiftelse and Nationalmusei Vänner.