Did you know? Frames have been used to protect, present and preserve art for centuries.
One of the earliest frames found in history was a wooden frame attached to a Fayum mummy portrait, dating back to the second century A.D. and the Coptic Period.
These beautiful portraits were done on panels, often using encaustic (and sometimes tempera) paints, in memory of the deceased. This early form of encaustic painting is often still beautifully luminous.
These panels were then attached to the mummies for burial, and many have been wonderfully preserved due to the dry climate in Egypt.
Many of them are now on display for us to view, including this beautiful portrait of a young woman from the 3rd Century, which is kept at the Louvre:
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