The mummy and coffins of an Egyptian woman
A bigger picture
Egypt had close political and trading links with other ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Many of these countries were fascinated by Egyptian funeral practices and copied some of them. For centuries Egypt traded with Cyprus and Lebanon and the two coffins below show clear Egyptian influence. In turn, the Egyptians adopted imagery and practices from abroad.
This Roman-period mummy of a young man named Artemidorus is an excellent example of the mixture of cultures in ancient Egypt. After the Persians, Egypt was conquered by the Greek king Alexander the Great in 323 BC and then ruled by Rome from 30 BC. The mummy has a painted case made of cartonnage (layers of linen bound together like papier maché) and a naturalistic Roman-style funeral portrait instead of a mummy mask. Although the scenes on the mummy case are Egyptian in style, the man’s name is written in Greek.
See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/aes/m/mummy_case_-_artemidorus.aspx