Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies (Rooms 6263)

The Roxie Walker Galleries
About 2686 BC AD 395

Death and the afterlife held particular significance and meaning for the ancient Egyptians. Complex funeral preparations and rites were thought to be needed to ensure the transition of the individual from earthly existence to immortality.

Mummification, magic and ritual are investigated through the objects on display in Rooms 6263. These include coffins, mummies, funerary masks, portraits and other items designed to be buried with the deceased. Modern research methods such as x-rays and CT scans are used to examine the mummification process.