Visual Art

North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA): What in the World is a Grain Mummy?

( Sat., Jul. 20, 2019 - Sun., Jan. 5, 2020 )

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-6407


 NCMA Egyptologist Caroline Rocheleau curated What in the World Is a Grain Mummy? to present this humble bundle and its falcon-shaped coffin for the first time and to unravel the mysteries of the NCMA’s only Egyptian mummy. The exhibition focuses on how the scientific method was used to re-establish a questionable item as a genuine Egyptian object. It also delves into the concept of grain mummies; explains their role in ancient Egyptian funerary religion; and discusses the importance of emmer wheat and barley in ancient Egyptians’ diet, economy, and religion. The exhibition also explores why the grain mummy was once mistaken for a falcon mummy and compares it to an actual ancient Egyptian falcon mummy



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  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020