A 3000 year old mummy blanket

A 3000 year old mummy blanket


A wooden mummy blanket over 3000 years old, one of the 350 exhibits in the Time of the Pharaohs exhibition which will be featured at the Musée de la civilization from October 27, was unveiled yesterday, under the watchful eye of curator Caroline Dempsey. 

This piece, which was exhibited in Denver (Colorado), arrived in the last few days by truck, along with the other elements of this international exhibition.

This cover, made of wood from North Africa, covered the mummy of the singer Moutemouia: this one lived 1000 years before the arrival of Jesus Christ.

The hieroglyphs painted on this cover made it possible to obtain the identity of this mummy.

Curator at the University of Aberdeen Museum, Scotland, Caroline Dempsey inspected the condition of this object when opening the wooden crate number 39 weighing 62 kilos. It looked, at first glance, in exactly the same condition as when it was packed in Denver.

“This is one of my favorite pieces. She is beautiful,” she remarked, regarding this wooden blanket that is part of the collection of this university.

This piece, explained the president and CEO Stéphan La Roche, will be found in the last segment of the exhibition The time of the pharaohs, which will be devoted to death and eternal life.

“It is an object representative of the funeral rites of this civilization. It's always a great moment when you pay for the objects of a new exhibition. There is a lot of excitement,” he noted before unboxing.

Once unpacked and stripped of its protection, including a white vapor barrier blanket, to prevent the presence of humidity, the wooden blanket was placed upright behind a display case where it could be observed.

Also featured was the mummy of Takhar, a wealthy Egyptian who lived between 765 and 656 BC. A resident of Thebes who died aged 60.

On view from September 27 until March 12, 2023, Time of the Pharaohs will be a foray into daily life in ancient Egypt.

You will see mummies, jewelry, stelae, models of dwellings and pyramids, statues and other objects.

The pieces in this exhibition come from the Egyptology collections of the University of Aberdeen Museums, UK, and German museum institutions Gustav-Lübcke and Roemer and Pelizaeus.

Time of the Pharaohs was designed by the Austrian firm MuseumsPartner, with whom the Musée de la civilization had collaborated for the exhibition Maya, which had been a great success l last summer.