Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
October 27, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Meymandi Exhibition Gallery, Level B
Mummies are coming to Raleigh—with a technological twist! Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, a touring exhibition with stops in Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, and Taipei, features the mummies of six ancient Egyptians who lived and died between 3,000 and 1,800 years ago.
The exhibition also includes more than 200 objects from the British Museum’s collection that show details of the daily lives of ancient Egyptians: what they ate; what makeup, amulets, and jewelry they wore; what role music played in their religious rites; what it was like to be a child in ancient Egypt; and more. The NCMA is currently the only North American venue to host this exhibition that pairs actual mummies with their high-tech scans, images whose astonishing clarity reveals many of the mysteries of the mummification process.
Technology has enabled scholars to study mummified remains without damaging them. Displayed alongside 3-D CT scan visualizations, each mummy tells a story about life, death, and the afterlife in the ancient Nile valley: How and why were humans mummified? What diseases did they suffer from? What secrets do the inscriptions on their coffins disclose? As Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives attests, we know more about this fascinating culture than ever before.
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Organized by the British Museum. The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art. In Raleigh this exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.