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The Girl with the Golden Wreath: Four Perspectives on a Mummy Portrait

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J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
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Amsterdam University of the Arts, Reinwardt Academy, 1018 TZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Arts and Culture (Conservation and Restoration), University of Amsterdam, 1012 XT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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(Formerly) Allard Pierson Museum, University of Amsterdam, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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An earlier version of this article was presented at the “Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in Ancient Painting Studies” workshop at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) held in San Diego, California (3–6 January 2019). Brief preliminary articles have been published by van Daal and van Oppen (2018), and ten Berge and van Oppen (2019). We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive critique, comments and suggestions.
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 16 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ancient Mediterranean Painting (vol. 2))
A mummy portrait of a young woman with a golden wreath is part of the archaeological collection of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. This portrait is covered by four authors, each from their separate perspective, namely provenance research, technical examination, museum presentation, and diversity education. Provenance research is significant not only for tracing the second-life biography of the panel, but also for assessing its bona fide authenticity. Non-invasive examinations can help identify possible underlayers, pigments and modern restorations. Museological aspects concern the contextualization of the portrait, not only as a funerary artefact, but also as an expression of physical appearance. Educational programs can be implemented to illustrate to museum visitors the relevance of ancient artefacts for modern society. View Full-Text
Keywords: panel portraiture painting; archaeology; Roman Egypt; provenance research; technical examination; museum presentation; museum education; multiculturalism panel portraiture painting; archaeology; Roman Egypt; provenance research; technical examination; museum presentation; museum education; multiculturalism
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Barr, J.; ten Berge, C.M.; van Daal, J.M.; van Oppen de Ruiter, B.F. The Girl with the Golden Wreath: Four Perspectives on a Mummy Portrait. Arts 2019, 8, 92.

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