Kunsthal Rotterdam Presents Exhibition of Egyptian Mummies

The Kunsthal in Rotterdam presents a major exhibition of Egyptian mummies in the Netherlands, on view to 29 January 2012.

Canopic chest of Amenhotep. Third Intermediate Period; 1070-712 B.C. Thebes. Painted wood. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

In a stunningly designed exhibition, over 225 objects provide insight into the fascinating burial rituals of ancient Egypt. Highlights are the mummy of Anchhor from Thebes and his authentic coffins, which are still completely intact. The exhibition includes countless rare objects such as the magic scarabs, amulets, jewels and statues that were placed inside the coffins. Some of the secrets of the mummies will also be revealed thanks to the use of new technological developments.

The exhibition tells the story of the ritual of mummification, which began in approximately 2600 BC as a way of preserving the body for as long as possible for its journey to the kingdom of the god Osiris. Beautiful objects illustrate how this process of mummification took place, and remarkable burial traditions such as the mummification of animals are also explained. – www.kunsthal.nl

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