Tag Archives: Egyptian

The allure of Mummies

Walk into the British Museum on any given day and I can guarantee you the two busiest rooms will linked by a common theme. I can go further and predict that half the visitors to one of those rooms will be in fact actually scanning the area for something that’s found in the other room! 

If you havent guessed what I’m referring to it’s the Egyptian rooms and that old crowd pleaser mummies. 

There is undoubtably something of the star quality about a good mummy on display – gruesome you might say, but intriguing and quite frankly wonderous too in my opinion. 

Mummies and mummification has been around for a very long time indeed – practised not just by the famous Egyptians but also by the Inca’s and many other cultures. I have previously written about mummified cats but lets take a moment to appreciate some other fine human examples…and to start off the Mona Lisa of the mummy world – Tutankhamun:

King Tutankhamun Head

King Tutankhamun's Head

King Tutankhamun's Feet

King Tutankhamun's Feet

 And South America’s finest the Peruvian mummy:

Inca mummy

Inca mummy

Face lift Roman style

Lived fast, died old and left an ugly corpse? Why not consider a Roman lime mask to idealise your looks back to their heyday?

This example from AD 100 – 170 disguised its owners worn teeth and eroded dental palate, think what one of your own could do for you!

Painted lime plaster mask and skull of man, Roman period about AD 100-170

Painted lime plaster mask and skull of man, Roman period about AD 100-170

Mummified Cats – the easy care pet

Ancient Egyptians had some great ideas, slave labour, beautiful tombs and pyramids being just three of them.  

Perhaps the best though was their preservation of the king of animals….cats!  

Beautiful examples can be in the Egyptian afterlife rooms of London’s British Museum, have a look at one below:  

Mummy of a cat, Roman period after 30 BC

Mummy of a cat, Roman period after 30 BC