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Secrets of ancient Egyptian artists revealed: Mummified woman's 1,800-year-old portrait

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posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 10:43 AM
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Egyptian mummy's 1,800-year-old portrait revealed
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Secrets of ancient Egyptian artists revealed: Mummified woman's 1,800-year-old portrait was created using beeswax, plant dyes and a small metal spoon...including a fine painter's brush...and an engraver, the scans reveal.



A second century Egyptian portrait (left image) has been mapped in incredible detail. The new method integrated three techniques - hyperspectral diffuse reflectance (centre left image), luminescence (centre right image) and X-ray fluorescence (right image)


A fine painter's brush, or penicillus(1); a metal spoon or hollowed spatula known as a cauterium(2); and an engraver, known as a cestrum(3), were used to craft the painting (left image), the new scans reveal


By combining data from different imaging techniques (hyperspectral diffuse reflectance scans pictured centre), experts mapped the chemical signatures (right image) of molecules across the surface of the painting for each pixel of the image


Scientists discovered that the painting was made using encaustic - a technique that uses a mixture of pigment and melted beeswax that is 'burned in' on a wooden base. Pictured (c) is a chemical analysis of the section show in (b), which revealed beeswax molecules

Now this is a pretty cool scientific study into what artists used to paint portaits back in the day...although not a breakthrough find, it paints the picture of how art drawings evolved over time.


edit on 20-12-2017 by Skywatcher2011 because: changed title




posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 12:19 PM
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What a great find!



posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 01:17 PM
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Fascinating, thanks for sharing that.



posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 02:20 PM
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Egyptians were white?

Haha Just kidding. Very cool illustration. Gives more insight to what Egyptians looked like.



posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 02:26 PM
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That painting does not look Egyptian, looks more like Roman or Greek inspired...

So it settles that Egyptians were not black ...



posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 07:47 PM
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Nice find.
a reply to: ATSAlex

Sure they were, they were a mixture over time of cultures as well.



posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 10:01 PM
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originally posted by: ATSAlex
That painting does not look Egyptian, looks more like Roman or Greek inspired...

So it settles that Egyptians were not black ...


This is one of the Roman-era portraits from Fayum - and they're very famous.

They were done after 300 BC and for a population that was Greek and Roman... and Egyptians. The wealthier Egyptians in the Fayum began to adopt Roman and Greek hairstyles and burial customs. Some adopted Roman or Greek names. So this does represent a departure from the Egyptian culture (which was seen as less desirable than the things of the Roman empire.)

The encaustic (wax) technique was fairly new at the time - dating to 600-500 BC so these are portraits of people from very wealthy families.

If you look at the link there, you will see people with a range of skin tones and face types.



posted on Dec, 21 2017 @ 02:47 AM
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a reply to: Byrd

Thank you for sharing this!



posted on Dec, 21 2017 @ 06:04 AM
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encaustic painting
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