Nefrina, a 2,300 year-old mummy on display in the Ancient Civilizations Gallery has been one of the star pieces of the museum's Nefrina's World focus exhibition. The display also included her coffin, the coffin lid, forensic facial reconstruction and insights into the world she lived in.
The cartonnage mask has been on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where it had been in storage since 1893. It formed part of a purchase by antiques dealer Emil Brugsch Bey in 1892 where he also bought the coffin and mummy.
The mummy and mask remain together on display until 6 February 2013 when the mask will be returned to America.
Reading Public Museum's mummy and her mask to be separated again
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