Fragment of Funerary Drape with Portrait - inv. 3334

Titolo: 
Fragment of Funerary Drape with Portrait
Numero di Inventario: 
3334
Tipologia: 
coptic textiles
Collezione: 

Antique

East

Textiles

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Egypt, 6th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Egypt
Periodo: 
500
Datazione specifica: 
VI secolo
Libri correlati: 
Materia e Tecnica: 
wool
linen
Data di Ingresso: 
1966
Acquisizione: 
Associazione Amici di Brera e dei Musei Milanesi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Textiles Room

Following the Egyptian tradition, under the Pharaohs had already become customary to affix a portrait of the dead person to the bandages of the mummy. At first these would be masks made from painted plaster, then in encaustic on wooden panels or in tempera on white plaster. Afterwards the portraits of the dead began to be woven on the loom. This technique probably dates from the fourth century, when burial replaced mummification. This portrait represents the face of a man. The colouring of the skin is imitated by using ochre-coloured wool;. the eyes, eyebrows and hair are in black wool. The frontal representation and the rendering of the features with a few black and red lines are characteristic of the Coptic style.

AC/DC: 
DC