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Jewel inspired by the funerary portrait known as "of the European", one of the best known among the so-called "Fayoum" portraits.
The defeat of Actium in 31 B.C. marked the transition of Egypt from Ptolemaic to Roman rule. Although the conquerors quickly adopted the local funerary customs, they brought a novelty: the portrait applied to the mummy.
The portraits discovered in the Fayoum region bear witness to this astonishing cohabitation between Egyptian funerary practices, the Roman world, and the still strong Hellenistic influence.
The portrait of this young woman, painted on a wooden panel using the encaustic process, is one of the most famous. Of exceptional quality, it shows the regular face of a young woman, adorned with many jewels: an imposing round brooch decorated with a green stone, a gold hairpin, a necklace of round pearls under the gold leaves applied to the neck, and earrings made of a green-black stone framed by two pearls.
Imitation pearls, Gold-plated brass
Keep the jewel away from dust and moisture.
Avoid contact with perfume, chemicals and cosmetics; avoid getting the jewel wet.