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Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 21, 2018

In the ancient burial ground at Saqqara, Egypt, one animal cemetery alone has yielded over four million individual ibis mummies. And the nearby dog cemetery contained over seven million mummies, with countless others found throughout Egypt. This unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery. Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many.

Drawn from the museum’s renowned collection, the exhibition features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most animals had connections to a particular deity. After death, mummified animals’ souls could carry a message to a god

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Date:
October 11
Time:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Phone:
(718) 638-5000
Website:
www.brooklynmuseum.org