Famous Egyptian mummy returns to Ulster Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 29 June 2009
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Takabuti (above), an Egyptian mummy from the 7th century BC, has been restored to a new home inside Ulster Museum

After two and a half years in storage one of Northern Ireland's best-known objects, the Ulster Museum's famous mummy, has returned to the building as part of the programme of preparations ahead of a planned autumn reopening.

Takabuti, an Egyptian mummy from the 7th century BC, was brought back to a new home inside the Museum where she will be the centrepiece of a new display exploring life and death in ancient Egypt.

As well as the major focus on Takabuti herself, visitors will learn more about the process of mummification, the gods worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and some of their customs and practices.

"Takabuti's new home is part of a total refreshment of the history galleries and one of many exciting new developments within the Museum," said Tim Cooke, Chief Executive of National Museums Northern Ireland.

"We hope she will fascinate new generations of visitors and that those who have been so familiar with her over the years will come and see her new home and the wider changes we have made."

a photo of a red haired woman in a white coat standing above an unwrapped Egyptian mummy

Takabuti was originally unwrapped on January 27 1835

Takabuti is one of thousands of objects making their return back to the UIster Museum over the coming months as they approach the final stages of a project for which £17 million has been raised.

Brought to Belfast from Thebes in the Nile Valley by Mr Thomas Greg from Holywood, Co Down, Takabuti was unwrapped on 27th January 1835 in front of specially invited members of the Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society

Reverend Dr Edward Hincks, an expert in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, informed the meeting that the mummy's name was Takabuti, a wealthy, married woman aged between 20 and 30.

When it opens in autumn 2009 the public will see the transformation of the Museum's History and Natural Science galleries and be able to enjoy a new restaurant with a terrace that leads out onto the Botanic Gardens.

There will also be four new learning zones and a high-level gallery for the display of glass, ceramics, silver and jewellery. A new Art Discovery Zone, supported by the Friends of the Ulster Museum, is being created as part of the suite of art galleries.

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