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The Roman portrait mummy, known as Hermione, is part of the Egyptian collection in the Lawrence Room Collections at Girton College. She dates from the early first century AD, and was discovered in the Roman cemetery at Hawara, south west of Cairo, by the pioneering archaeologist William Flinders Petrie. The label on her portrait marks her out as a young woman distinguished for learning and thus truly exceptional in the Julio-Claudian age.
encaustic (oil, wax, & pigment) on linen
H 30.5 x W 21 cm
purchased by the students and senior members at Girton College, 1911