Romano-Egyptian Youth
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) A young man from Roman Egypt
Age 17-20 years
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Height 149 cm
Culture Roman
Date(s) Roman period, about AD 140–180
Site Egypt
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog # Unknown

There is no information regarding the mummy's biography. However, the use of wooden portrait may infer that the mummy was a boy of high social status because "wood was rare in ancient Egypt(Svoboda, 2017)."


"Mummification continued to be practiced even when Roman rulers took over Egypt in 30 BC. However, the processes and styles used in mummification evolved over the period. One major innovation was the use of wooden panels depicting the deceased, known as ‘mummy portraits’(The Mummies, n.d.)."


"The wooden portrait shows a young man with dark curly hair, thick eyebrows, and wide eyes. He is beardless, indicating that upon death, he was very young. The CT scans have confirmed that he was between 17 and 20 years old when he died(The Mummies, n.d.)."


"The CT scans revealed that the mummy was overweight, in contrast to the slim face shown in the portrait. Tooth decay is clearly visible on the scans, which is an evidence of a diet rich in sugar and starchy foods(The Mummies, n.d.)."

Additional Info

"The mummy with his lifelike portrait was among the first mummies with such an image to reach Europe(The Mummies, n.d.)."


The Mummies. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2017, from  mummies/

Svoboda, M. (2017, February 07). A young man's mummy 'unwraps' the secrets of Roman Egypt. Retrieved November 21, 2017, from 

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