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« Topic Start: May 18, 2011, 10:26:01 pm »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits


These were realistic encaustic (wax) or tempura paintings found in Tombs. They were made by Greeks in the 100-300 CE and were an asimilation of the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Culture.

They may have been a replacement for the "Mummy Masks".

I haven't done much reasearch, but I find this interesting. Thoughts?
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« Reply #1: May 19, 2011, 10:37:01 am »

Gorgeous, aren't they. My local art history museum has two of them, I love to just sit and look at them for a while when I visit. They're very 'alive'.
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« Reply #2: May 19, 2011, 11:31:07 am »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits


These were realistic encaustic (wax) or tempura paintings found in Tombs. They were made by Greeks in the 100-300 CE and were an asimilation of the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Culture.

They may have been a replacement for the "Mummy Masks".

I haven't done much reasearch, but I find this interesting. Thoughts?

Part of the inspiration for my own art, actually... I love those so much.
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« Reply #3: May 19, 2011, 07:01:50 pm »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits
I haven't done much reasearch, but I find this interesting. Thoughts?
For me these funerary portraits again point to an underlying Kemetic theological insight; namely, that the departed are conscious and aware in the next life. Their eyes are depicted as being open and aware; their expressions are vibrant and alive, not like the blank wax death masks of much later eras in the West. When I visited various medieval European cathedrals, I saw again and again the sculptured reliefs on royal and episcopal tombs with closed eyes, in conformity with certain Christian ideas about the dead being "asleep" or "at rest." So here in these mummy portraits we have a silent witness to the ancient belief in renewed life, an afterlife of alertness and potential activity. This is just one more reason to continue our relationship with the blessed dead.
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