Mummies and more at the British Museum

26 09 2009

The British Museum is a great place to go to – loads and loads of stuff to see and entry is FREE ūüôā ūüôā

If you’re really into museums, give yourself 1 whole day for this trip. Otherwise, pick up the brochure and decide what you want to see

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We went for the Mummies, of course

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I’m sure the British Museum has more mummies on display than the museum in Egypt!

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This is what was found in Tomb 723 and the picture on the left shows how it looked when they found it.

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Picture of the interior as it was and …………. on display. The wooded boat was on top of the coffin

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Interior of the coffin with delicately drawn pictures and hieroglyphics

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Actual mummified body unwrapped

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PROCESS OF MUMMIFICATION

1. Washing – As soon as possible after death, the body was taken to the Tent of Purification located close to the banks of the Nile, and was washed in a solution of natron in water.

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2. Removal of internal organs – The brain was extracted via the nose (YIPES! if the deceased was not entirely dead, this would have done it), using a metal rod. A stone knife was used to make an incison in the left flank, through which the organs of the chest and abdomen, except the heart, were removed. The organs were separately preserved.

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3. Drying – The Chest and abdominal cavities were packed with bags of natron, a naturally-occuring compound of salts which absords fluids. Natron powder was packed around, beneath and on top of the body, which was left covered for about 40 days.

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4. Packing Рthe skull was often plugged with linen or filled with resin and the chest cavity packed with wood shavings, linen, earth or occasionally lichen. Sand, linen or mud was inserted under the skin to restore substance to the features.

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5. Anointing – The skin was coated with liquid plant resin to exclude moisture from the body.

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6. Wrapping – During wrapping the embalmers placed the limbs in the prescribed positions and the body was wrapped in sheets and strips of linen, while prayers and magical spells were recited.

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Having gone through that kind of process, you can be sure you won’t find a mummy jumping around :p

Below: more mummies

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…. and more mummies

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they have so many!!!!!

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This mummy was definitely a male

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They made sure that there is no mistake regarding the gender of the mummy or the figurine

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                                        Tombs in Cyprus around 500 Р450 BC

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Limestone cinerary in the form of a seated man. The ashes were placed in the lower section

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Armoury – helmet, breast plate …….

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Belt

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Buckle

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Shield and horn

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Shoes

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Leg piece.

Goodness, how on earth did the soldiers managed to walk after wearing all these? No wonder David the shepherd boy declined the full¬†armor¬†and went for Goliath with just 5 stones, a sling and a prayer ūüôā

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  This lyre (4th to 5th century Рfrom Athens) has a tortoise shell as the sound box

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Ching, ching, ching – will be nice to have one of these around

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 Coin no 9 is the silver denarii Рthe same kind that Judas received for betraying Jesus

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They took a lot of efforts to make their clocks good looking in those days

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Outside the museum

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2 responses

15 02 2010
Isaya Mzoro

Hi Allan
I just Arrived from London (15/02/10) where I went for a business trip.
It was so cold and the programme was rather tight I could not enjoy the Museum. thanks for the photoes and the captions.
keep it Up.
//Isaya Mzoro
//{His Slave}

15 02 2010
Allan Yong

Hi,

Good to hear from you and that you arrived home safely.

Allan

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