Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62–63)

Mummy of a Cat, perhaps 1 century AD, British Museum. LondonMummy of Hornedjitef, about 240 BC, British Museum, London
Mummy of a Cat, perhaps 1 century AD, British Museum. London

The Roxie Walker Galleries

Death and the afterlife held particular significance and meaning for the ancient Egyptians. Complex funeral preparations and rites were thought to be needed to ensure the transition of the individual from earthly existence to immortality.

Mummification, magic and ritual are investigated through the objects on display in Rooms 62–63. These include coffins, mummies, funerary masks, portraits and other items designed to be buried with the deceased. Modern research methods such as x-rays and CT scans are used to examine the mummification process.

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