Wednesday, May 04, 2011

More re the mummy of Gauteshenu

The Brooklyn Paper (J.J. Despain)

A patient checked into an area hospital last week for a routine CAT scan — but doctors couldn’t do anything for her.

After all, she’s a mummy who’s been dead for 2,600 years.

The Brooklyn Museum took Lady Gauteshenu — a rich lady from the Late Period of Egypt’s glorious past — to North Shore University Hospital for a look under her skin, as it were. She’d been X-rayed before, but assistant conservator Tina March said there were still some questions left unanswered.

“We didn’t know if any of her internal organs remain,” said March. “We didn’t know if there any unusual items buried with her.”

To answer these questions, museum curators, conservators solicited help from experts in art shipping (yes, there is such a thing) and used a climate controlled van with a special suspension system and plenty of foam to transport their mummy to the Long Island medical center in total comfort.

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