Saturday, August 01, 2009

Exhibition: Egyptian mummies displayed in Egypt

People's Online Daily

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A local collection of mummies and artifacts from ancient Egypt are on display in Chile. The exhibit is at Santiago's Natural History Museum.

The collection started in the 19th century with smaller artifacts and private collectors adding mummies along with their sarcophaguses.

Museum official Bernadita Ojeda said, "All the mummies are about 2500 years old. They are from 300 to 400 B.C., the late period in Egypt. All of them are nobles."

Museum director Claudio Gomez said the collection began at a time when objects of cultural heritage were rarely taken out of their home countries. One was bought by an ambassador and others donated by wealthy people in the 19th century.

The most striking piece in the exhibit is the mummy known as Panubis whose sarcophagus has unique wood carvings.

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