The Motif of Bound Prisoners in the Foot Case of a Mummy from Roman Egypt: A Case Study

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Abstract

The traditional pharaonic burial customs declined after the third century AD. During the Roman Period, however, the practice of mummification continued in Egypt. The rich decoration of many of the mummies reveals the importance of its external appearance.
The iconographical elements have their roots in the traditional Egyptian ideas of the Afterlife and were adopted by Roman populations, even if with changes and the addition of new influences.
Roman mummies often had boot like coverings of cartonnage encasing their wrapped feet, decorated with varied motifs. An example of that can be found at the National Archaeological Museum of Venice, Italy. The outside of this artefact is decorated with the motif of bound prisoners, which has been used as a royal motif since the Predynastic Period and symbolized the victory of the Pharaoh over the enemies of Egypt.
Through this study of case it is intended to contextualize and comprehend the religious appearance and use of this motif in non-royal context by the Roman Egypt population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages38
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
Event22nd Annual International Congress Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress - University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece
Duration: 29 May 20191 Jun 2019
Conference number: 22
https://www.mediterraneanstudies.org/2019-conference.html

Conference

Conference22nd Annual International Congress Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress
Abbreviated titleMSA2019
CountryGreece
CityRethymnon
Period29/05/191/06/19
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Keywords

  • Egyptology
  • Roman Egypt
  • Mummy
  • Iconography

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