30 BCE - 350 CE
Roman Period (30 BCE-350 CE)
9 x 65 x 14 5/8 in. (22.9 x 165.1 x 37.1 cm)
Medium and Support:
Linen, cartonnage, human remains, wood, pigment, gilding
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Location: Currently on view
This is the mummy of a man who died around 50 CE, when Roman rulers controlled Egypt. Found by George A. Peabody in Fayum, Egypt on May 9, 1901, the mummy belongs to the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Priests wrapped his body in strips of linen, now discolored by the resins and ointments used during mummification. The painted designs on his coverings show protective gods and goddesses, including a winged sun disc and the kneeling goddess Nut. The gold of his mask indicates his ascendancy into the realm of the gods. His hair, painted blue, is decorated with a winged scarab.
[Gallery label text, 2009]