Exhibitions: The Mummy Chamber

Coffin and Mummy Board of Pasebakhaemipet

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

Long-Term Installation

Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

This installation of more than 170 objects from our 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, Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Leon Levy Foundation and the Museum’s Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.


Mummy Interactive

Go under the mummy wrappings and view videos of curators and conservators talking about the exhibition.

Mummy CT scan


Blog posts

Repairing the Book of the Dead : Repairing papyrus can be a little like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. In order to make sense of the many read more...
Lady Gautseshenu goes to the Hospital : Yesterday, a team of curators, conservators, and art packers and handlers took the last of our human mummies to North read more...
Radiocarbon (carbon-14) Dating of Book of the Dead of Sobekmose : Our research to further understand the Book of the Dead of the Goldworker Amun, Sobekmose continues. Carbon-14 (C-14) dating read more...
Looking for Adhesives and Identifying Binders in the Book of the Dead Using FTIR : Another scientific analytical technique commonly used in art conservation is called Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy, or FTIR.  The Brooklyn Museum’s Paper read more...
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Gallery Tour

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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