“Mummy Portraits” of Roman Egypt: Status, Ethnicity, and Magic

By Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

Join us online or in person at Harvard’s Geological Lecture Hall to discuss the context and function of funerary portraits.

Portrait of a woman with brown eyes, black hair, and a white garment on a rectangular wooden panel.
Thursday, October 6 6pm – 7:15pm

Ages: Adults.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

Registration required

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This event is free, but advance registration required for either virtual or in-person attendance. A Zoom link will be shared upon registration for those opting to join virtually.



  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

Geological Lecture Hall

24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

This hybrid event will be held in person and online. The event will be held at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, in Cambridge. Free parking is available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Additional information

Using evidence from the archaeological record and the Book of the Dead—a series of spells meant to guide the dead as they sought eternal life—art professor Lorelei Corcoran will discuss the production and function of the “mummy portraits” that were popular throughout Egypt in the Roman period. She’ll also explore what these images reveal about the religious beliefs and multilayered ethnicities of their subjects.