The Mummy Chamber

Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

This installation of more than 170 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous holdings of ancient Egyptian material explores the complex rituals related to the practice of mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved in order to ensure eternal life.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in Australia.
From Wednesday 05 May 2010 to Thursday 01 January 2015

Canopic chest
Ca. 380-30 B.C.E. image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday 06 April 2010.
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Long-Term Installation

On view are the mummy of the Mayor of Thebes, Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet; the mummy of Hor, encased in an elaborately painted cartonnage; and a twenty-four-foot-long Book of the Dead scroll. Also in the installation are canopic jars, used to store the vital organs of mummies, as well as several shabties, small figurines placed in tombs, each of which was assigned to work magically for the deceased in the afterlife. The installation includes related objects, among them stelae, reliefs, gold earrings, amulets, ritual statuettes, coffins, and mummy boards.

The Mummy Chamber is organized by Edward Bleiberg, Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Leon Levy Foundation and the Museum’s Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.