Rare and Vivid 2,000-Year-Old Mummy Mask on Display at Museum of Art

The portrait of the young boy, on dry and cracked wood, is roughly 2,000 years old. Yet the boy’s large brown eyes still appear vivid and lifelike under his gilded laurel. His pupils shine and his expression is serene.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will display this mask, which once adorned a mummy, in a new show, AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World. The exhibition explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. Read more.


  1. The Roman area of Egypt was built up in 30 BC after Octavian (the future ruler Augustus) crushed his opponent Mark Antony, removed his darling Queen Cleopatra VII and attached the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt to the Roman Empire. Love this collection.

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