Sunday with mummy

albany institute mummyThe Albany Institute of History and Art has event lined up for the Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of its mummies collection. From the institute's site:

Dr. Peter Lacovara, senior curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, will lead a lively gallery talk about the mummy Ankefenmut, his coffin, and the connections that Albany and the region have with ancient Egypt. The presentation will also introduce canopic jars, embalming equipment, amulets, and other funerary paraphernalia to explain the science and ritual of mummification. From 1:00 to 4:00 pm our studios will be open for children to create their own hieroglyphic works of art and also to create their own mummies by bringing toys from home to undergo the mummification process.

The talk starts at 2 pm. It's free with museum admission ($10 for adults, $8 students, $6 kids).

The Albany Institute has two mummies -- one male and one female. The male has been identified as Ankhefenmut, a priest and the sculptor of a temple in Thebes. The woman's name is unknown. Both mummies are thought to be about 3000 years old.

The institute also has a mummified pet. It was originally thought to be a cat -- but a CT scan at Albany Med in 2002 revealed that it was actually... a dog.

photo: Albany Institute

Comments

I learned a new word today... "funerary"

I've been to their mummy exhibit before. Definitely worth seeing.

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