encaustic on wood


This Romano-Egyptian mummy portrait is expressive, detailed and incredibly informative about fashion during the Flavian dynasty. Her hoop earrings look similar in shape to these with heads of maenads (female followers of the Greek god of wine).

Mummy Portrait of a Woman, A.D. 75 - 100, Attributed to the Malibu Painter. Romano-Egyptian, Egypt, Encaustic on wood. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Hoop Earrings with Maenads, 100 - 1 B.C., Unknown. Greek, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold. J. Paul Getty Museum.