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A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOODEN 'FAYUM PORTRAIT' OF A YOUNG BOY

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A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOODEN 'FAYUM PORTRAIT' OF A YOUNG BOY LATE 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D., PROBABLY FROM ER-RUBAYAT With large almond-shaped eyes and curly black hair with a Horus side-lock, wearing a white tunic with red clavi and a cloak or pallium covering his left shoulder, wearing a neck-cord with central amulet case with dotted 'script', repaired, mounted in wooden frame 10½ x 6 1/8 in. (26.8 cm. x 15.6 cm.); frame 13½ x 9 in. (34 x 27 cm.)

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Cf. D. L. Thompson, Mummy Portraits in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1976, p. 7, fig. 8 for a similar portrait without the side-lock; and S. Walker et al, Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt, The British Museum, London, 1997, pp. 101-102, no. 94 "The locks of hair represent the Horus lock worn by children of both sexes and cut at puberty in a ceremony called the mallocouria."

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