I am excited to learn about the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library who will be exhibiting ten mummy portraits from the Roman period. The display will open tomorrow (Thursday 19th August) and will also feature around forty pieces of papyri, most of which has never been exhibited in public before, which were found in the Fayum region, south of Cairo.
The stunning mummy portraits, also known as the 'Fayum portraits' were discovered by William Flinders Petrie in 1888 and 1911, helped by the backing of the Manchester cotton businessman Jesse Howarth.
Alongside the artefacts will be a series of work by the Egyptian artist Fathi Hassan.
The exhibit will be open until 25 November 2012.
The BBC news also report on this news here.