Egyptian Mummy: The mummy is one of the most attractions of the Saracenic style Albert Hall museum here. Displayed in a glass case, the mummy got exposed to oxygen and moisture which led to its case crumbling to dust. It was bought by the erstwhile ruler of Jaipur Sawai Ishwar Singh from Cairo in 1887.
Egyptian alabaster figures and scriptures create the right ambiance in the room where the mummy is on display. The mummy is the most popular of all the items displayed in the museum.
History – Egyptian Mummy
There are only six mummies in India and it is one of them, this was gifted by Brughsch Bey of the Museum of Cairo for an exhibition in Jaipur. The mummy of Tutu a female member from the priest’s families of the God Chem of the Ptolemaic epic- 322 to 30 B.C. was found at Akhmin, ancient Panoplois is exhibited in the Albert Hall Museum of Jaipur.
The lid on the Egyptian Mummy placed at Albert hall shows a winged scarab beetle which is a symbol of resurrection in the afterlife and the beetle is flanked by the heads of the flacon God Horus, Principal deity which is with solar disks.
On the downside of the lid, there is a wide bead collar to the waist of the Egyptian Mummy and a winged goddess is also there for protection.
If we see it downwards then three panels show women flanking the Egyptian Mummy on a funeral bed, figures of the judges of the Underworld which are seated there, and four sons of Horus who is the divine guardian of the cardinal points, bearing human, jackal, and baboon.
The lower part of the coverings of the legs shows the god Anubis which is holding down the Egyptian Mummy and assisting in its embalming and mummification. Anubis was the God of cemeteries and embalming and conducted the soul to his father Osiris has a jackal’s head. Lord of the Underworld, for judgment in the afterlife.
Below the bed, five vases hold viscera. Four genies are also present over there. The text on the side of the mummy reads:: Anubis lord of Necropolis” and “Giving protection to the Osiris reborn Tutu…”
The last panel shows the head of Osiris, God of the dead, which symbolizes stability and durability, and it is covered by two cobras indicating the Goddesses Isis and Nephtys. Mummification and judgment of the soul in “after-life” is displayed by this panel.
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Scientific Research On Egyptian Mummy
There are scientific methods to identify the coffin, the cloth coverings, the paintings on it, and different layers of cloth, the atmosphere in which it was kept, and the showcase.
These all were measured scientifically and redone accordingly. About this mummy, research was done recently and the Experts who did the conservation work said the skeletons are in good shape.
All processes which are accepted internationally were undertaken for the preservation. And the fact is that the Egyptian Mummy enjoys a pride of place at the magnificent Central museum and is placed in a hall that has a high ceiling and a sunroof. The mummy attracts large crowds.
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