Thursday, May 5, 2016

Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection

     On Friday night the attendees of the annual ARCE convention jumped on a bus and headed over to Emory University for a reception at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The highlight of the evening was the museum's collection of Middle Eastern art.

     One of the most unusual pieces in the collection was a Sixth Dynasty mummy from Egypt. Very few mummies survive from the Old Kingdom. This one is wrapped differently from later mummies in that the limbs are wrapped separately and the ears are modeled in linen on the sides of this young man's head. The head of the mummy rests on a wooden head rest and the deceased lies on his side. It was not until after the end of the Old Kingdom that mummies were laid to rest prone without the head rest.

     This particular mummy was found at Abydos.

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