Mummy Portrait of a Bearded Man, Egyptian, ca. AD 170-180 (Roman Imperial), made of encaustic on wood.
Prior to the Roman Period, the likeness of the deceased on the mummy mask, coffin, and sarcophagus was an idealized representation that conformed to the general style of the period.
With the arrival of Roman rule in Egypt, mummy portraits became increasingly naturalistic. The new style of portraiture was sometimes rendered in two-dimensional paintings on a wood panel or on linen.
The panel portraits were made in either tempera paint or in encaustic, like this example. Encaustic painting is a technique in which the pigment is dissolved in wax before it is applied to the surface.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, USA
Let’s talk about Akhenaten.
He was a pharaoh of Egypt who came to power in the 1300s BCE. Originally, this dude’s name was Amenhotep IV, but that was too mainstream for Akhenaten, who changed his name, as well as the entire religion of Egypt.
I cannot believe that I just made this.
Egypt Threatens Removal of Ancient Central Park Obelisk
‘Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra’s Needle has stood in New York’s Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities indicates that this may change if the monument is not taken better care of.
‘Recently, Zahi Hawass, the aforementioned secretary general and archaeologist, wrote to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to inform them that if steps are not taken to protect the obelisk, it would be removed.
‘“I am glad that this monument has become such an integral part of New York City, but I am dismayed at the lack of care and attention that it has been given,” Hawass wrote. “Recent photographs that I have received show the severe damage that has been done to the obelisk, particularly to the hieroglyphic text, which in places has been completely worn away. I have a duty to protect all Egyptian monuments whether they are inside or outside of Egypt. If the Central Park Conservancy and the City of New York cannot properly care for this obelisk, I will take the necessary steps to bring this precious artifact home and save it from ruin.”