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Animal Mummies Revealed

7 October 2016 by Ashley Cooke

cat mummyOur next exhibition Animal Mummies Revealed opens on 14 October at World Museum.

Among the 113 artefacts in the exhibition are 34 from World Museum’s ancient Egyptian collection, many of which have never been on display before. ‘Animal Mummies Revealed’ brings together mummies of all shapes and sizes, and a range of other artefacts from across the UK for the country’s first ever exhibition devoted to why the ancient
Egyptians mummified animals and gave them to their gods as gifts. Read more…

Jars for the afterlife

12 September 2016 by Lynn

Canopic jarsThe first in a series of blogs from Marion Servat-Fredericq, Assistant Curator of Antiquities, reveals aspects of the fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt through some objects from our collection.

“We have put some of the most popular objects from our Egyptian collection on display online while the Ancient Egypt gallery is closed for extensive refurbishment.  This beautiful set of Egyptian canopic jars, also on display in the atrium, give us insight into Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. Read more…

The Lamentations of Isis and Nephtys

26 October 2015 by Paula

Egyptian papyrus from our collection

Egyptian papyrus from our collection

Marion Servat-Fredericq,  Project Assistant Curator Antiquities tells us about a recent visit to World Museum:

‘Dr Andrea Kucharek, an Egyptologist at Heidelberg University in Germany, visited World Museum recently to take a closer look at an Egyptian papyrus from our collection (Papyrus Mayer M11190). Dr Kucharek is currently working on the publication of this papyrus which bears a religious text from the Ptolemaic Period (332 –30 BC) known as “The Lamentations of Isis and Nephtys”. Read more…

Conserving Egyptian animal mummies

17 April 2015 by Tracey

several small animal-shaped mummies on a table

A recent arrival here in the organics conservation studio is this strange little collection of Egyptian animal mummies from World Museum.

Here we have pear-shaped folded-up birds, cats with painted faces, a fish, a very small dog, crocodiles and something very neat in the shape of a miniature human mummy. Read more…

19 tonnes of mummified cats!

7 November 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Researchers from Manchester looking at cat mummies.

Researchers from Manchester looking at cat mummies.

This week colleagues from the Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester came to see the World Museum‘s collection of 95 animal mummies from ancient Egypt. Dr Stephanie Atherton and Dr Lidija McKnight both study mummified faunal remains and are members of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank Project, which aims to promote the study of faunal remains by uncovering information relating to these creatures and the ancient culture that preserved them. Read more…

Ancient Egyptian replicas – not the real thing?

20 August 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Replica of a lapis lazuli figure of a woman

Replica of a lapis lazuli figure of a woman

There are over 1300 objects in our Ancient Egypt Gallery but two of these are replicas that we included because the story of their discovery relates to Liverpool archaeologists. Casts of important objects were often made before the genuine object was deposited in a museum Read more…

Baking in ancient Egypt

8 August 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Model of a Kitchen about 2055 BC

Model of a Kitchen from Beni Hasan, about 2055 BC

Chatting about objects with members of the public in our galleries always reminds me of the relevance of our collections in today’s society. This morning I arranged to meet a baker in the Ancient Egypt Gallery to show him some examples of 3500 year old loaves of bread from tombs. David Atherton bakes bread but is also fascinated by the history of baking and wanted to discover more about the origins. Where better to start than the local museum?

Not only do we have the tools used to harvest the wheat and barley but we have grain excavated from a town that was harvested to feed the men building the pyramid of the 12th Dynasty pharaoh, Senusret II, at Lahun – bread and beer were part of the staple diet. They were made in tandem and we have a beautiful 4000 year old carving of a baking, brewing and butchery scene from a tomb at Beni Hasan.  Read more…

An Ancient Egyptian Meadow in Liverpool?

11 July 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Photo of Mould and Pendant

Mould and jewellery pendant from excavations at Tell el Amarna (nos. 56.21.191 & 56.21.355)

The director of World Museum is working hard to create a Wildflower Meadow at the front of the museum. As I walked beside it today my eye was drawn to the bright blue cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) and the pink to purple corncockle (Agrostemma githago) which reminded me of some of the floral jewellery we have in our Ancient Egypt Gallery. Read more…

Digging in the storerooms

10 July 2013 by Ashley Cooke

Detail of the papyrus showing Amenkhau standing up and holding his hands up in adoration before before the falcon-headed god Ra-Horakhty seated on a throne.

Amenkhau holding his hands up in adoration before before the falcon-headed god Ra-Horakhty seated on a throne.

It’s been over two years since my last fieldwork in Egypt but with a collection of over 16,000 items from ancient Egypt there’s always some digging to be done in the museum storerooms! I was recently digitising all of our Greek papyri from Egypt for Dr Nikolaos Gonis, a papyrologist at University College London. It turns out we have a lot of interesting material from the 5th-6th centuries AD and Nikolaos is going to publish them all as a book. Read more…

A Mummy Mask and Goings-on in Antiquities

27 May 2011 by Ashley Cooke

photo of a painted mummy mask

An ancient Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask, about 1550 BC

It’s been a good week in the Antiquities department at World Museum. An amazing object in our Egyptology collection that has long been overlooked was published by Dr Aidan Dodson of Bristol University, a Liverpool graduate who is working in the department to study and publish our coffin collection. The mask, with its tiny gold face, is a real rarity for academics and a curious object for the 10s of 1000s of visitors that see it each month. The mask was placed over the head of a mummy over 3500 years ago and is decorated with divine figures to protect the mummy. You can find out more about this mask on the World Museum Ancient Egypt Facebook page. Read more…



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