Friday, March 6, 2009

The Walters Art Museum mummy

I am definitely looking forward to Spring break, which starts in a week. I'm anticipating a trip down to Washington, D.C., to see the bones exhibit mentioned in my last entry. Maybe on the way I will stop at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore to see the Mummified exhibit. It's there until November of this year.

In the spring of 2008, the University of Maryland and the Walters Art Museum performed a CT scan on the Walters' mummy to learn more about the age, possible illness, and cause of death of the person held within the beautifully painted outer wrappings. This special kind of "virtual autopsy" also allowed the investigative team to learn more about the technique of mummification, the construction of the cartonnage, the kind of wrappings used, and the possible presence of amulets within.

This focus show will feature approximately 20 ancient Egyptian objects depicting images of mummified people, animals, and deities. A section of the installation will focus on the "Mummimania" of the 17th-20th centuries. Visitors can experience the scientific examination of the Walters' mummy at computer stations.
This should get me ready to see King Tut in Atlanta during the SAAs!

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