Limewood portrait of a woman: the richly bejeweled woman in the panel portrait is portrayed with elegance and sophistication, with sweet, refined features. The necklace inset with precious stones and diadem; the jewellery-detail in added gold leaf.
The single specimen of Gayet's mummy portraits from Antinoopolis for which information on its archaeological context is available. The heavily gilt portrait was found in winter and sold to Berlin in Berlin, Egyptian Museum.
Fayum mummy portraits: the earliest painted portraits
Long before realistic portrait painting developed in Europe in the Renaissance, Roman-Egyptian artists did striking likenesses in wax on limewood. These Fayum funeral portraits date from around 100 CE.
Portrait of a Fayum woman. Fayum Mummy portrait is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic painted portraits on wooden boards. The portraits were an innovation dating back to the Coptic period during the time of the Roman occupation of Egypt.