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Portraits such as this one acted as a ‘death mask’ to be bound to their subject’s mummified body before burial. Wealthy Egyptians wanted their portraits to appear as realistic as possible to preserve their image after death. The man in this portrait is unknown. The portrait is unusual in that it shows its subject in middle age, whereas mummy portraits of this type more commonly show their subjects at a younger age.
tempera on wood
H 34 x W 23 cm
acquired by Sigmund Freud