Monday, January 25, 2010

Exhibition: Nefrina's World

The Pottstown Mercury (Jan Feighner)

With photos.

Eerie heads line Dr. Jonathan Elias' office. Like a scene from a bad B science fiction flick, skulls and sculptures watch the Egyptologist's every move.

As director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium (AMSC), Elias analyzes, scans, and records data to advance knowledge and understanding of ancient Egyptian mummies, particularly from the Akmim region 300 miles south of Cairo on the Nile River's eastern bank.

One of his most recent projects, the forensic facial reconstruction of a 2000-year-old female Akhmimic mummy named Nefrina, is currently on display at her home in the Reading Public Museum in an exhibition entitled "Nefrina's World," in the Ancient Civilizations Gallery through 2011.

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