Museum of Art’s Mummy Portrait ‘Important Enough to Get You to a Museum’ (Portland Press Herald)

“Fayum Mummy Portrait Mask,” Egyptian, ca. second century AD, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

A 2,000 year old Egyptian portrait, acquired last year by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is described as both “startling” and “mind-boggling” by art historian Daniel Kany.

“Sometimes a single work of art is interesting or important enough to get you to a museum,” wrote Kany in the Portland Press Herald, and this painting is one of those, he said.

He also reviewed several other artifacts on display at the museum, which Kany described as having “some world-renowned holdings that rate beyond anything else in the state.”

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