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Graeco-Egyptian Cartonnage Panel of Woman Lot 9F Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263848418447 LOT 9FSeller's Estimate: USD 7,000 - 10,500 Roman Egypt, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A veristic portrait of a woman stylistically related to Greco-Roman painting, though created for a strictly Egyptian purpose, the inclusion of honorable funerary dressings for mummies. This mask was made of plaster and/or cartonnage (a mixture of linen and glue) and painted with tempera in hues of white, yellow, red, and black. Her visage is hauntingly realistic presenting naturalistic facial features and framed by a curly coiffure. Custom stand. Size: 10.5" W x 14.5" H (26.7 cm x 36.8 cm); 16.25" H (41.3 cm) on stand The subject holds both hands up in a gesture likely understood by the ancients and wears elegant garments and jewelry including a v-neck garment, a veil, and a red beaded necklace, earrings, and bracelet. A mask like this would have been placed over the face and fastened into the linen wrappings of an Egyptian mummy. Such portrait masks are significant, because they demonstrate conclusively that Greco-Roman individuals represented in encaustic paintings also subscribed to traditional Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Interestingly, Roman Egypt was a multicultural society, and this provided great resources for portraiture. The sculptural style and painting technique of this example, for instance, speak to Greek traditions of realism with sensitive modeling that allows for shadows and highlights on the face. What's more, since virtually no paintings from the ancient Greeks have survived, mummy portraits - both paintings and painted masks like this example - are the only examples that can point to one of the purportedly highest achievements of Greek culture. Furthermore, the clothing, jewelry, and hairstyles depicted present fashions that embraced eastern Mediterranean preferences such as the profusion of curls that we see here. Provenance: ex-private East Coast, USA Collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #120779 Condition Report: Surface wear, pigment loss, and encrustation commensurate with age. Repairs to headdress and losses to peripheries. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Antiquities | Egypt, Greece, Italy, Asia offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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