Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

Egyptian Mummies

Left: Mask in Cartonnage, right: The mummy of Nestawedjat. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Raylene Bliss, Mummy exhibition at Powerhouse Museum gives insight into ancient lives, Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2016

Every mummy has a story to tell, according to Powerhouse Museum Egyptian Mummies curator Melanie Pitkin.

Ahead of the December 10 world premiere of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, Pitkin gives us a glimpse into the secrets that lie beneath six mummies who died in Egypt between 1800 and 3000 years ago.

At the exhibition, visitors will be able to virtually peel back the layers of history through interactive 3D visualisations and explore each mummy’s ancient life.

This will include their approximate age at death, sex, what diet they might have had, state of health and possible cause of death.

The mummies on display will include three women, including a chantress (singer), a priestess, two men and a two year-old boy.

In the case of the chantress, Tamut from the Temple of Amun at Karnak, the 3D scans reveal that she is adorned with protective amulets on her neck, chest, stomach and feet and has special gold coverings protecting her finger and toenails.

“To the ancient Egyptians, the preservation of the body was central to their beliefs in the afterlife,” Pitkin says.

In order to gain a complete picture of how the six mummies lived and died more than 200 objects have been selected to help tell their stories.

Read more

Council of Australasian Museum Directors, c/o Ms Daryl Karp, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House PO Box 3934 Manuka, Australian Capital Territory 2603 Australia, © CAMD 2021
Disclaimer: The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. The Council of Australasian Museum Directors does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this website. The information on our website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked web sites. Hostgator.
.