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Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

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Dr Gemma Regan I'm a writer, arts reviewer, a scientist, a UFO researcher and a Radio host for 4ZZZ 102.1FM with my show The Witching Hour exploring the paranormal, conspiracy and the esoteric.
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Explore magic, mystery and mortality
Sarcophagus phtographed by Gemma Regan

At last, the long-awaited mummy exhibition has hit the Queensland Museum in Brisbane and it is fantastic! The British Museum has over 120 mummies in their collection from Egypt, and six individual mummies from Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago are now on display here in Brisbane, with more than 200 artefacts from the World famous Egyptian collection.

Photograph by Gemma Regan

The thought-provoking display gives an insight into the lives of six individuals ranging from only 2-3 years old to middle-aged. Each mummy is accompanied by funerary ornaments and fascinating CT scans illustrating the skeletal form underneath, and explaining the embalming and wrapping process for physical preservation into the next life.

Photograph by Gemma Regan

The opportunity to hear the stories whilst viewing the body has a personal touch, allowing the visitor be a witness to the life and death of each mummy. This transforms them from a museum artefact to the body of a real person, creating a poignant reminder of our own mortality.

The plethora of artefacts accompanying the mummy exhibit are entrancing. With items from everyday life such as sandals and musical instruments, to wine jars and coptic jars as vessels for the organs of the deceased. There are also many detailed Stelae, limestone tombstones that accompany the bodies, with hieroglyphics and carvings depicting the life of the individual, and of their journey into the afterlife.

Photograph by Gemma Regan

As you progress through the exhibition rooms, you are guided through the complicated process of the mummification of the body for preservation, even including how the sarcophagi were painted and the significance of the beautiful illustrations.

A favourite of the exhibition was the artefacts highlighting a magical use, including the Wedjat eye and scarab amulets for protection, and an intricately carved ivory wand, known to be used in protection rituals. One of the exhibits also highlights the pantheon of the Egyptian Gods with accompanying carved statues.

Photograph by Gemma Regan

Another popular interactive exhibit allows you to manipulate the CT scans of the mummies and examine in closer detail the skeletal remains, highlighting injuries and the invasive results of the mummification process when the brains and major organs are removed prior to embalming.

The six Mummies include:
Nestawedjat – Lady of the House, circa 700 BC, Tamut – Chantress of Amun, circa 900 BC, Irthorru – Priest at Akhmim, circa 600 BC, Priestess, a singer of the Anterior of Amun – circa 900 BC, A 2-3 year Old Child– circa 40-60 AD and a Young Man – circa 100-200 AD.

There is also an 'Adult's only' opportunity to attend the exhibition on Friday evening, the 23rd March, with more evenings to be announced. Here you can browse the exhibitions in a sedate and relaxed manner, free from the distractions of children, with a beer or a glass of wine. Extra activities include: science demonstrations and displays, live music, and talk on how to Brew like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Beer Making with Dr Serena Love , and tickets also include access to the World Science Festival.

Bookings are recommended to view the exhibition due to its popularity via the Queensland Museum website, although limited tickets are available at the museum.

Despite the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition running until August, I recommend you visit sooner rather than later, as you will definitely want to attend more than once!
Photograph by Gemma Regan
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Why? Explore Magic, Mystery and Mortality with the Egyptian Mummies
When: 16 March 2018 - 26 August 2018
Phone: (07) 3840 7466
Where: Queensland Museum
Cost: Adult: $21 Concession: $18 Child (3 to 15 years): $12 Family (2A 2C): $58 eductions for Museum Members
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