On April 5, the State Museum of Oriental Art will open the exhibition “From the banks of the Nile to the banks of the Kama”
Perm mummies will be shown in Moscow, an exhibition opens in the Museum of the East
On April 5, the Exhibition “From the banks of the Nile to the banks of the Kama” will open at the State Museum of the East, where presents ancient Egyptian mummies from the Perm State Art Gallery, will open on April 5 in Moscow, at the State Museum of the East. The exposition will also for the first time include sarcophagi and cartonages, as well as photographs and a documentary film about the work done by restorers and scientists.
In Perm, for more than a hundred years, ancient Egyptian mummies have been kept in wooden sarcophagi, which came in 1920 from the Panopticon, a theater-museum, which were many in the cities of the Russian Empire.
Until recently, these mummies and sarcophagi were almost were not studied and restored until a large-scale project to study these objects took place in 2021.
During the restoration of mummies and sarcophagi, it was established that they were not in joint complexes, the mummies belonged to the Egyptians who lived in III and I centuries BC, and the sarcophagi, as it was found out on the basis of Egyptological and art history analysis, belong to earlier periods of Egyptian history.
Most likely, the mummies of people who lived during the reign of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt (IV & I century BC) were placed in sarcophagi of suitable size in one of the antique shops of Luxor or Cairo, where at the beginning of the 20th century the owner of the Panopticon went to buy props.