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Animal Mummy Research
Posted By Lisa Bruno On February 12, 2009 @ 11:08 am In 1stfans,Conservation,Egyptian Art | 5 Comments
This past Saturday as part of programming for 1stfans at the Brooklyn Museum, I gave a presentation on the animal mummy research the Conservation Department is doing with the Museum’s Egyptian Curator Ed Bleiberg. The presentation was fun and interactive and gave members a chance to see some animal mummies up close and personal . The event was recorded and the video posted for 1stfans member who could not attend. Joining 1stfans  is easy and inexpensive.
The Brooklyn Museum has a collection of approximately 60 animal mummies, many of which have never been completely cataloged. Pictured above is a young crocodile currently on display in the 3rd floor Egyptian Galleries. The purpose of the project is to photograph, and thoroughly examine the animals to get a better idea as to what the museum has in the collection. The examination includes determining how the mummy is made, identify materials including the resins used in mummification, taking x-rays, working with a veterinary radiologist on animal identification, and assessing the overall condition of the object.
Please look for more posts as the research continues.
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