Definitions

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  • proper n. A city in Egypt, and the associated region.

Etymologies

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From Arabic الفيوم‎ (Fayyūm) from Coptic: 'Ⲫⲓⲟⲙ (Phiom), from Egyptian: p3 ym (The Lake, referring to w:Lake Moeris)

Examples

  • The self-portrait of a young Picasso and the almost 2000-year-old Fayum mummy portrait of an equally young man exhibited next to it are striking in the way they speak to each other, as if they are long lost relatives.

    Edward Goldman: In These Gods We Trust

  • Contemporary yet excavated in feel, "Head of Peggy IV" 2006 is as elegiac as a Fayum mummy portrait.

    Crushed and Brushed

  • These Fayum funeral portraits date from around 100 years A.D.

    Egyptian Mummy Portraits

  • "The coffin is made of pink granite and the burial chamber is lined with red granite," said Ahmed Abdel Aal, head of antiquities in Fayum, south of Cairo.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Fayum area, turning vast areas of marshland into cultivable land.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The arrests were made in Manufiya and Sharqiya in the Nile Delta and in Fayum, south of Cairo, the source said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Marine mammals (Cetacea and Sirenia) from the Eocene of Gebel Mokattam and Fayum, Egypt: stratigraphy, age and paleoenvironments.

    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

  • The source said the mummies appeared to have been stolen from an illegal dig carried out by the men near Minya, 120 kilometres 75 miles south of Fayum, and are likely previously unknown to antiquities authorities.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Kate Moses's "Mother of the World" weaves together losing a baby to miscarriage, losing friends to cancer, and traveling to Egypt to find Fayum portraits of a centuries-dead young mother and child.

    Kiddie Class Struggle

  • I reached the town as a Greek money-lender from the Fayum, but I had friends there I could count on, and the same evening I was a Turkish gipsy, a member of the most famous fraternity in Western Asia.

    Greenmantle

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