Coffin and Mummy Board of Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet. Egypt, from Thebes. Third Intermediate Period, circa 1070–945 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 76 3/8 x 21 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (194 x 55 x 32 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.2a–c
Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This installation of more than 170 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous holdings of ancient Egyptian material explores the complex rituals related to the practice of mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved in order to ensure eternal life. On view are the mummy of the priest Thothirdes; the mummy of Hor, encased in an elaborately painted cartonnage; and a nearly twenty-five-foot-long Book of the Dead scroll. Also in the installation are canopic jars, used to store the vital organs of mummies, as well as several shabties, small figurines placed in tombs, each of which was assigned to work magically for the deceased in the afterlife. The installation includes related objects, among them stelae, reliefs, gold earrings, amulets, ritual statuettes, coffins, and mummy boards.
The Mummy Chamber is organized by Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Leon Levy Foundation and the Museum’s Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.
Go under the mummy wrappings and view videos of curators and conservators talking about the exhibition.
As I walked through the room I was awed by what surrounds me. It took me on a whirlwind of historical exploration. The beauty and hardship really shown through each piece of carefully kept pieces. I leave in utter awe of the canvas do colors.
I love the mummy chamber exhibit! It brings to attention that mummies are the remains of REAL people... That sometimes gets lost with the advent of horror films featuring "evil mummies"
I have to I am beyond impressed with the mummy chamber. Came with my younger cousin who is studying about ancient Egypt and couldn't find a more interactive way for him to really feel part of the past.
I think that any display that humanizes and personalized ancient and unfamiliar cultures is a great thing.