Mummies

Life after death is an important element of many religions. Among those it intrigued were the ancient Egyptians, who followed a strict routine when preparing their dead for the final journey. Dead bodies were embalmed and mummified and, depending on the wealth of the deceased, equipped with both utility articles and precious ritual objects. Egyptian tombs with their rich treasures have fascinated minds for centuries and attracted hordes of grave robbers, gold-diggers, researchers and archaeologists.

The Mummies exhibition at Vapriikki was put together in co-operation with the Egyptian Museum of Florence. It focuses on the cult of death in ancient Egypt, especially the secrets of embalming and mummification. Displayed are truly unique objects: authentic Egyptian mummies, sarcophagi, ritual objects, jewellery and everyday objects. Some of the artefacts on display were found by the French-Tuscan expedition (1828–29), which carried out excavations in Egypt under the leadership of Jean-François Champollion, the man who solved the mystery of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Join us on a journey to the afterlife!

A Journey to the Hereafter 16 Nov 2012–31 March 2013

Mummies