The Mystery of the Albany Mummies

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Article about the Albany Institute of History of Art and its new exhibit - GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies....

" “It was more expensive than a house,” said Dr. Peter Lacovara, an expert on Egyptian culture. “But it was your house forever.”
It’s now open house for the coffin of mummy Ankhefenmut, longtime resident of the Albany Institute of History & Art. The museum’s newest exhibit, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, opens today and features the reunification of the Egyptian priest and sculptor’s final resting place.
Ankhefenmut has had a big year. The ancient Egyptian made headlines in March when museum officials announced the mummy — long believed a female — was actually a male.The major exhibition, which features 200 objects and includes pieces never before shown on U.S. soil, will run through June 8.
He has been with the museum since 1909, when institute trustee Samuel Brown bought two mummies from the Cairo Museum for his home museum.
Ankhefenmut was purchased with the bottom section of his coffin. The other wooden components — an ornate “mummy board” that covered the wrapped corpse and an equally ornate top lid — ended up with the British Museum in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, respectively. Both pieces have been loaned to Albany for the “Mystery” exhibit.
Albany’s second mummy, who is partially unwrapped and has never been identified, will also be part of the show." - The Daily Gazette


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