Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries Opens Sep. 19 at the ROM
photography by A.J. Lam
On September 19, 2020, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) invites visitors to journey back in time for a rare and in-depth look at what life was like on the Nile 3,000 years ago.
Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries is a rigorous scientific exploration, using advanced CT scanning techniques, 3D images, over 200 extraordinary objects, and six mummies to illustrate – in greater detail than ever before – fascinating facts of each individual’s life story. Organized by the British Museum, the ROM’s engagement of Egyptian Mummies is the last chance to see this remarkable exhibition on its North American tour.
Egyptian Mummies uncovers new details about mummification, religious beliefs, family life, and cultural diversity through advanced three-dimensional CT-scanning technology—known as Dual Energy CT scanning. The resulting visualisations allow researchers to study the six mummies without disturbing their coverings, revealing their internal structures, and details such as age, sex, height, state of health, and the embalming process used to preserve them. Egyptian Mummiesis co-curated by the British Museum’s Daniel Antoine, Curator of Physical Anthropology and Marie Vandenbeusch, Project Curator: Egyptian Touring Exhibitions.
Bringing the discoveries to life are the stories of six unique individuals who lived between 900 BCE and CE 180: Nestawedjat, a married woman from Thebes; Tamut, a middle-aged chantress from the temple of Amun; Irthorru, a middle-aged man who was a priest in several of Akhmim’s temples; an unnamed singer in the temple of Karnak; a young boy from Hawara, who lived during the Roman period and whose preservation reflects a newly revered place children occupied in Egypt at the time; and an unknown young man from Thebes, whose life-like image gazes back at us like a modern family portrait.
Egyptian Mummies is a separately ticketed exhibition on display from Saturday, September 19, 2020 through to Sunday, March 21, 2021 in the ROM’s spacious Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall located in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. To help ensure physical distancing and a comfortable Museum experience, the ROM is limiting the number of admissions to the Museum per day, and visitors are asked to pre-book timed-entry tickets online.
We wish to thank Josslyn Johnstone for the opportunity to preview this wonderful new exhibition.