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The National Archaeological Museum of Florence houses the Egyptian Museum, Italy's second most important after the Turin one.

Cassetta-per-ushabti-di-Nekhtamontu 1550-1070-a.C

The permanent Egyptian collection includes works that have been collected since the eighteenth century, among which a hunting chariot of the eighteenth dynasty, a true one of a kind piece.

Until February 2 2020 this already rich heritage is increased by the exhibition “Mummies. Journey to immortality”, that displays items belonging to the collection of the Egyptian Museum, that are usually stored in the warehouses of the museum.
Among them is the sarcophagus of Padimut, distinguished by a very rich decoration that is a usual feature in sarcophagi of the XXI and XXII dynasties (1069 - 656 BC), never displayed and never studied before the exhibition, the statue of the priest Henat, one of the few examples of a statue of a dignitary wearing Persian clothing, a relic of the time when Egypt was subject to the powerful Persian empire (525 - 404 BC), and also the mummified head that has recently undergone x rays and CT scans that have allowed the recreation of the deceased (656 – 332 BC), and the ushabti case (small statues among the burial items) of Nekhtamontu (1550 – 1070 BC).

The leitmotif of the exhibition is indeed the Egyptian concept of life after death and therefore the meaning of the objects that were placed in the tomb together with the deceased and that, according to Egyptian culture, would have been helpful to them once they reached the afterworld. In order to preserve the body of the deceased the Egyptians used the embalming method, so as to allow them to reincarnate.

The exhibition is divided into two sections: the first one displays artefacts concerning the mummification technique while the second one deals with the grave goods that accompanied the deceased on their journey to the afterlife. This last part gathers both the objects with stricly funerary functions, like the ushabti or the offering tables, and the everyday items that were placed in the tomb to recreate the home environment of the deceased, for example furnishings or jewellery.

“Mummies. Journey to immortality”
National Archaeological Museum of Florence until February 2 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published: 24/7/2019

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