Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman EgyptPaperback
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- Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
- Format: Paperback | 104 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 10mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 February 2011
- Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
- ISBN 10: 1606060368
- ISBN 13: 9781606060360
- Illustrations note: 50 colour & 20 b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,205,735
This is a fascinating multi-disciplinary study of the mummified remains of a young man who died nearly 2,000 years ago in Roman Egypt. Herakleides was a young man who lived and died in Roman Egypt almost two thousand years ago. This multidisciplinary study highlights the funerary practices and religious beliefs of his world. Through state-of-the-art technology researchers have sought to determine if the portrait over the mummy's face actually depicted the mummified remains, if precious jewels or amulets were present, and if the age of the mummy could be determined - all without unwrapping the mummy. The iconographic symbols decorating the red-painted shroud of Herakleides depict gods and goddesses as well as expressing a desire for an eternal afterlife. Such concepts, popularly associated with ancient Egypt, remained influential into the time of the Roman Empire. The book concludes by comparing the data from the mummy of Herakleides to similarly decorated red-shrouded portrait mummies in collections worldwide.
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Lorelei Corcoran is director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at the University of Memphis and the author of Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt. Marie Svoboda is associate conservator of the Antiquities Conservation Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
"An excellent case study which will be of use to both art and ancient historians, and scientists alike."--"Bryn Mawr Classical Review"