Posts tagged mummy
Posts tagged mummy
Here are some photos of work that visitors created in our educational gallery. If you have a child or a kid in spirit, then you will love the interactive and creative projects in our Unwrapping Ancient Egypt Educational Gallery.
First correct answer wins a prize! Prizes can be claimed at the Lora Robins Gallery.
What four organs were removed during mummification AND placed in canopic jars?
MummyMania in Richmond!!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ current exhibition Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb has been a smash hit in Richmond. With less than two weeks left of the exhibit, you better get your tickets before they all sell out!
The exhibition includes 100 or so objects from the British Museum as well as a 3D movie narrated by Patrick Stewart (yep, you read that correctly). Since my own personal interests in Egyptology mostly focus on mummification, it has definitely been a treat to have this show around. The objects are fascinating and just breathtakingly beautiful. (Fun fact: when I visited the British Museum a few years ago, the curator explained that less than 2% of their collection is actually on view. The rest is in storage! While it’s frustrating to know that so much of this stuff is not on view, it’s a great opportunity for the museum to be able to tour exhibitions such as Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb to far-reaching destinations so the whole world can enjoy these treasures! I love knowing that museums around the world collaborate to make this happen).
Once you’ve had a chance to take in all of these objects, don’t forget to head upstairs to the permanent ancient art galleries of VMFA. Tjeby the mummy resides there with artifacts from the First Intermediate Period as well as many other beautiful statues, figurines, pieces of jewelry, and much much more from various periods of ancient Egyptian history. (And my personal favorite little god: Bes!)
I know, I know… you’re probably thinking “wait…the Mummy exhibit at VMFA leaves in two weeks?! What am I going to do without MY MUMMY???” Relax… Richmond has a lot more where that came from.
Just head up the street to the University of Richmond’s Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature where you’ll find another great exhibition about mummies! Last week, the guest lecturer was Dr. Gay Robins, who gave a truly amazing talk about 18th Dynasty tomb decoration. This was followed by a reception for the opening of their newest exhibition: Ti Ameny Net: An Ancient Mummy, An Egyptian Woman, and Modern Science. It is a fabulous way to explore Ancient Egypt and how today’s technology can help us uncover mysteries from the past. There is great educational component to it as well, so if you’ve got kids or a school group, definitely book a tour or make your way there for a self-guided tour. The exhibition overall is a fantastic example of interdisciplinary collaborations: a UR student, a professor, a medical center, and a museum were all brought together by this almost 3,000 year old mummy of a girl.
Join us at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature for our monthly story time! Staff will be reading children’s books related to the current exhibition, Ti-Ameny-Net: An Ancient Mummy, An Egyptian Woman, and Modern Science. Story time will be followed by optional art activities. Admission to the museums, related programs, and art activities are FREE! No reservations needed.
The veil thickens. ‘Ghoti,’
again, ‘but how?’ The poet wonders
about the past, how she was brought from the point of origination to here,
lying in a museum, tapping on the glass.
History becomes a talisman, so
small, she wonders, so fragile.
Wrapped in its own story ages ago.
The grandmother is approachable,
tangible. The tangibility of experiential
memory, no less a fabrication than these wrappings.
The conception of Advanced Civilization, some connection
between the two points, the delicately wrapped body.
What is remembered now? What will be remembered later?
The tenses all collapse within the body, sunken chest, wounded
corpse. A loose end is found, the wrappings begin to unravel,
the unwound body emitting no divine light
as was once imagined.
The wonder sheds no light on comprehension,
the talisman still is lost in the veil.
The fragility of the event no less fragile.
So brittle, this history, so
tender. A small tear sits in the corner,
the gap lessens. She remembers a faint smell of formaldehyde
and cat litter, recognizes the tear,
the gap lessens. ‘Look, Ghoti,’
the poet says,
By Steve Minnich
We love making the press for good things like this!
It opens tonight! Come out to for the opening reception and lecture.
New MyRVA Badge for the upcoming Ti-Ameny-Net exhibition.