Friday, 12 April 2013

Priests of Amun Mummies feature in new Exhibition

Coffin of one of the Priests of Amun-Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Here are details of an exciting new exhibition at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden which features the coffins of priests of Amun:


"The three-thousand-year-old mummy coffins of the priests of Amun in Thebes form the focus of this exhibition. You will discover the world of these servants of the god Amun, learning about their ways of life and their central rituals of death and burial. Special attention will be devoted to the restoration of the mummy coffins now taking place in collaboration with the Vatican Museums and the Louvre. Every week you can see conservators at work in the museum.
Around 1000 BC, the most powerful priests and priestesses of ancient Egypt were the attendants of the Temples of Amun in Thebes. They were buried in mummy coffins with exceptionally beautiful decoration. These wooden coffins from the underground galleries of the Bab el-Gasus tomb form the heart of the exhibition. From its own collection, the museum will present archaeological finds from Bab el-Gasus, such as the mummy coffins, the accompanying funerary figurines in wooden caskets, and historic correspondence about the arrival of the coffins in Leiden. From museums in other countries, including the Louvre and the Vatican Museums, two mummy coffins will be on display, along with 19th-century photographs and watercolours showing the discovery of the tomb.


The exhibition will also highlight the restoration of the mummy coffins, a joint project of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities with the Vatican Museumsand the Louvre. Every week at the museum you can see conservators at work, who will be happy to answer your questions about the restoration of the cases." - Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

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