Mummy Cartonnage of a Woman Roman Period, 1st century C.E. Linen, gilded gesso, glass and faience 22 11/16 x 14 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (57.6 x 37.2 x 19 cm) possible place collected: Hawara, Egypt, Africa Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund


February 12 – May 8, 2011 – Norton Museum

Encompassing more than 100 objects drawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned holdings of ancient Egyptian art, this exhibition explores the Egyptians’ beliefs about life, death, and the afterlife; the process of mummification; the conduct of a funeral; and the different types of tombs—answering questions at the core of the public’s fascination with ancient Egypt. Two of the primary cultural tenets, through thousands of years of ancient Egyptian civilization, were a belief in the afterlife and the view that death was an enemy that could be vanquished. To Live Forever features objects that illustrate a range of strategies the ancient Egyptians developed to defeat death, including mummification and various rituals performed in the tomb. The exhibition reveals what the Egyptians believed they would find in the next world and contrasts how the rich and the poor prepared for the hereafter.
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

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