Britain's most family friendly museum will be welcoming a new type of mummy into its family next year when Secret Egypt opens at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
From 11 February to the 5 June 2011, this brand new exhibition will adventure into and challenge the secrets and myths about ancient Egypt perpetuated by Hollywood and popular media.
Secret Egypt will bring together over 200 objects from museums around the UK including a mummy from the 22nd dynasty on loan from the Manchester Museum. The mummy, called Perenbast, was discovered in 1909 in Qurna, Egypt and is a great example of the care and respect given during the preparations for passing into the eternal life.
Egypt has always fascinated people and is the inspiration behind many books, films and TV shows. Such is its resonance in society that some of the most popular and commonly held beliefs on the subject are mere fabrications by the film industry used to sensationalise the story and excite the audience. Secret Egypt will offer evidence and artefacts that will encourage the visitor to re-asses what they think they know about ancient Egyptian civilisation.
At the climax of the exhibition visitors are invited to explore a recreated tomb, answering ' Why were the ancient Egyptians obsessed with death?' The display includes an offering chapel and a mummy of a woman called Perenbast. This is a great example of the care and respect given during the preparations for passing into the eternal life.
The exhibition will display many treasures previously unseen by the public including from the Birmingham Museum collections.
The Secret Egypt exhibition was created by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and is the first time this collection of rare objects or its content has been seen together as an exhibition.
Date: Fri 11 February 2011 – Sun 5 June 2011
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In Egyptian mythology, Nekhbet was an early predynastic local goddess who was the patron of the city of Nekheb. Nekhbet often holds the shen symbol of eternity in its talons, offering eternal protection to the pharaoh. As such, Nekhbet is closely linked to rulership, she was sometimes seen to be the mother of the divine aspect of the pharaoh.