We might think that displaying framed artwork around our homes and workplaces is a relatively modern notion, but it is, in fact, a process which stretches back thousands of years. Archaeologists working in Egypt discovered an early picture frame dating to the second century AD, making it almost 2,000.
Within this wooden frame, uncovered in Hawara, a portrait was found to still be visible showing a fayum mummy. Historians and archaeologists believe that it is possible these portraits were displayed in the homes of prominent individuals, then moved into their funeral spaces after death alongside other possessions and treasures. In this way, portraits and their frames were a display of wealth and status.