About this object

Three small samples of linen mummy wrapping taken from a mummy unwrapped by the director of the Free Public Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) on 30 March 1903. Two pieces are of the same texture and colour; and one other is finer and paler in colour.

According to the Annual Report for 1903 Henry Ogg Forbes, gave a lecture and unwrapped a mummy: “At the lecture of the 30th, the mummy of a lady named Auf-aa of the XXVI. Dynasty (660-590BC) was unwrapped before the audience to illustrate his lecture on ‘The Mummy’. The face was found in a remarkable state of preservation, the hands crossed upon the breast, but the flesh had apparently been removed from the limbs before enswathement of the body. The beautifully manufactured cloth in which it was wrapped, however, had been used for another mummy at a much earlier date.

Three lectures on ‘Egyptian Antiquities’ were also given by the Director of Museums, from 16 to 30 March 1903.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period; Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of K.W. Burns, 1987
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1903 before
  • Measurements
    158 x 188
  • Note
    There is also a newspaper cutting referring to the lecture and unwrapping on 30/3/1903 (in Archive/History Files).
  • Related people
    K W Burns ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • K W Burns

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1987
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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