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Golden Mummies of Egypt

  • Dates: September 19, 2020 - January 10, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607-6407

About

Golden Mummies of Egypt examines hopes and fears about the afterlife during the era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds (circa 300 B.C.E.200 A.D.). Wealthy members of this multicultural society still hoped for their dead to be transformed by the expensive process of mummification. By being covered in gold, the deceased might imitate the eternal radiance of the gods. Blending Egyptian, Roman and Greek imagery, the strikingly lifelike painted mummy portraits are among the most haunting images from the ancient world. Examining the meanings of these objects for their original viewers, the exhibition reflects on the diverse influences of identity formation.