JWG (jwg) wrote,

The Secrets of Tomb 10A

Yesterday afternoon we went to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the exhibit, The Secrets of Tomb 10A. It was a fantastic exhibit. You can see some of it on the exhibition website.

This was the tomb of a provincial governor Djehutynakht who died in ~2000BC. The tomb was excavated in 1915 but this is the first time it has been exhibited. The tomb had been plundered a long time ago and much was stolen, but a lot of stuff remained, although in pieces. The coffins of Dhehutynakht and his wife as well as lots of things that were buried with him were found. One of the features were many small boats with people on them doing various things (not contra dancing, though). The curators did lots of work reconstructing these artifacts from the pieces and doing some repair. There was lots of explanation about tombs such as these as well as the process that they went through to reconstruct it. They collaborated with people at Mass General with CT Scans to study mummification.

This was one of the best exhibits I've every seen in terms of revealing interesting information. I strongly recommend that people go see it if they can. It closes on June 27. I don't think it is going anywhere else, but I may be wrong about that.
Tags: the arts

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