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Mummy

30 BCE - 350 CE
Roman Period (30 BCE-350 CE)
9 x 65 x 14 5/8 in. (22.9 x 165.1 x 37.1 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Medium and Support: Linen, cartonnage, human remains, wood, pigment, gilding
Credit Line: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Accession Number: 33.2003L
Location: Currently on view
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This is the mummy of a man who died around 50 CE, when Roman rulers controlled Egypt. Found by George A. Peabody in Fayum, Egypt on May 9, 1901, the mummy belongs to the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Priests wrapped his body in strips of linen, now discolored by the resins and ointments used during mummification. The painted designs on his coverings show protective gods and goddesses, including a winged sun disc and the kneeling goddess Nut. The gold of his mask indicates his ascendancy into the realm of the gods. His hair, painted blue, is decorated with a winged scarab.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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Protected for Eternity: The Coffins of Pa-debehu-Aset, Gallery Guide Explore the world of Pa-debehu-Aset, and the sacred stories that relate the Egyptian journey to the afterlife. Learn how a mummy is made, and explore reading and writing in ancient Egypt.
A MAG-nificent Specimen Curators from the Memorial Art Gallery and scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center team up to study a 2,000-year-old mummy.


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