Discovery of mummies at Deir El Bahari

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Discovery of mummies at Deir El Bahari

This unique watercolour shows the lifting of the mummies of the priest kings of Amun from beneath the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari in 1891. It is possibly the only record of the discovery of Egypt's second largest mummy cache and was painted by Marianne Brocklehurst, amateur collector, Silk Heiress and founder of the West Park Museum in Macclesfield. It represent M Bouriaut director of Antiquities for Egypt, Mary Booth, Ahmed Effendi and english onlookers standing at the top of the excavation shaft with mummies lying on the sand nearby.It signifies both the burial customs of the intermediate (Middle/New Kingdom) period, the need for ancient reburial (it is a reburial site) to avoid the attack of tomb robbers and the determination of the Egyptian Dept of antiquities to protect ancient remains from well before the start of the 20th c. It also shows what was possibly an unhealthy interest in Tomb excavations by travelling English visitors of the period and helps explain the large numbers of objects from Egypt in british museum collections.
Object illustration copyright Silk Heritage Trust

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