Sep. 25th, 2009

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The following are Fayum mummy portraits from Roman Egypt, circa AD 250. While so much Classical art the people look pretty generic or stylized, these portraits look like, well, people. They also look pretty Edessan -- or I guess Edessans look pretty Egyptian. At any rate, there are a few differences: Edessans prefer clean-shaven and about most have very straight hair. Loukas, of course, is the exception. Some of them remind me of specific characters, but some of them just look like interesting people.
Lots of large pics under the cut. )
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