August Learn how and when to remove this template message Mummy portrait of a man from Fayum, Hawara, modern-day Egypt. It is not known whether such inscriptions always reflect reality, or whether they may state ideal conditions or aspirations rather than true conditions. The result was a reclamation of fertile land, the transport of water to areas in need of irrigation, and a continuation of the eco-system the lake sustained. The tempera works are generally of a lesser quality. What are Fayum Mummy Portraits? Nearly all the panels depict the head, or head and shoulders of a single person viewed from the front. Gorgy arrived at an annual average of cm, using the Faiyum in term El Long dating budget method.