Reconstructing a Soldier from Roman Egypt

Campbell@Manchester:

More on the lives behind our Roman Period mummy portraits…

Originally posted on Ancient Worlds:

Encaustic portrait of soldier from Roman Egypt in the Manchester Museum collection

Encaustic portrait of soldier from Roman Egypt in the Manchester Museum collection (accession no. 11306)

This is the encaustic portrait of a man who lived in Egypt when it was a province of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately we don’t know his name. It is one of a large number of encaustic or mummy protraits - the total lies in the hundreds Campbell tells me – from Greco-Roman Egypt.

It was the basis of a reconstruction illustration by the talented artist, Graham Sumner, who used to work for the Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit. Graham Sumner’s article ‘Painting a Reconstruction of the Deir el-Medineh Portrait’ can be found in Marie Louise Nosch (ed.) Wearing the Cloak Dressing the Soldier in Roman Times (Oxbow Books, 2012), pp. 117-127.

Graham Sumner's reconstruction of the Roman soldier from Egypt whose encaustic portrait is in the Manchester Museum collection

Graham Sumner’s reconstruction of the Roman soldier from Egypt whose encaustic portrait is in the Manchester Museum collection

This is  how Graham Sumner has portrayed the anonymous man…

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  1. anyhow, it’s very interesting!

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