Faces of Egyptian mummies on show in Manchester
The faces of ancient Egyptians have gone on show in Manchester.
The portraits painted on to panels that covered the heads of mummies form part of an exhibition at the city’s John Rylands Library.
The panels, which have rarely been shown in public, were bequeathed to Manchester Museum by cotton magnate Jesse Haworth in 1921.
The museum’s Egyptology curator Campbell Price said they depicted people who looked “strikingly modern”.
The paintings, known as Fayum portraits after the region near Cairo where they were found, were discovered on archaeological digs in 1888 and 1911 by William Flinders Petrie.
They date back to about AD 150, when Egypt was part of the Roman Empire.
I can remember going to see these when I was a student in Manchester and they are absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth a look!
A man who died from a terminal illness has been mummified like an Egyptian pharaoh for a Channel 4 show.
The broadcaster looks set to find itself at the centre of another taste row after agreeing to air the macabre documentary, Mummifying Alan.
Sources say the dead man, from the West Country, had a keen interest in preservation techniques used at the time of Tutankhamun.
He is not expected to be identified until next week when his family will explain why he agreed to be part of the show.
The programme will make television history when it airs on Monday, October 24, as a scientific embalming experiment is unprecedented.
A team of pioneering scientists were brought together to perform the little-known technique used by the ancient embalmers at one of the UK’s leading pathology laboratories.
It is understood the man’s body remained in excellent condition when it was examined months after the experiment.
The Daily Fail (sorry, Mail!) is, of course, up in arms about this documentary. I, however, am fascinated and look forward to seeing it. What do you think? Has TV gone too far this time?
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