‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ Exhibit on Display

Enjoy the exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art until July, 2021.
Golden Mummies of Egypt Exhibit
Egyptian, from Hawara, "Mummy of a woman called Isaious," 1st century C.E., human remains, linen, plaster, and gold leaf, Manchester Museum, © 2019 Manchester Museum / Michael Pollard Photographer

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is now displaying the exhibit “Golden Mummies of Egypt” from the Manchester Museum in England. This is the exhibition’s first appearance at an American art museum.

On view through July 11, 2021, it features eight extraordinary gilded mummies and more than 100 related objects. The display of papyri, jewelry, ceramics and deities connects the domestic, daily sphere to the religious world of the gods. Tickets are $20 for nonmember adults, $17 for seniors, and $14 for youth ages 7–18.

“Golden Mummies of Egypt” explores beliefs about the afterlife during the relatively little-known era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds (circa 300 B.C.E.–200 C.E.). In a series of lavishly illustrated thematic sections, it showcases the outstanding collections of the Manchester Museum. The display allows visitors to examine life for the wealthy in multicultural Roman Egypt.

Excavated from Hawara, Egypt, the mummies and related objects offer glimpses into everyday life during the period. Learn where the people lived, what they believed, and their unique blend of cultural traditions during this time. The exhibition allows visitors to explore seven key themes: life in a multicultural society, ideas about the afterlife, becoming a god, the art of identity, meeting the gods, preserving the body, and the mummies’ modern discovery.

Visitors can learn more about three of the mummies by using digital interactives to see underneath the wrappings. Digital radiography paired with multidirectional CT scanning made these unique views possible. A catalogue with deeper context about these objects, the excavation and more is available for sale in the Museum Store.

The exhibition also ties into the Museum’s permanent collection of Greco-Roman objects. After visitors view Golden Mummies, they can visit the free Museum collection to see more gold and mummy-related objects from this period and beyond.

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