Mummy makes the journey from Pyramids to Portsmouth

MUMMY The coffin of Namenkhetamun will go on display at City Museum
MUMMY The coffin of Namenkhetamun will go on display at City Museum

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A LITTLE slice of ancient Egypt is coming to Portsmouth.

The mummy and coffin of Namenkhetamun will go on display at Portsmouth’s City Museum when it launches its new exhibition Secret Egypt next month.

More than 150 ancient Egyptian artefacts spanning across 4,000 years will go on show to the public.

These include jars, carved stones, statues, pottery, charms, jewellery and amulets.

Tracy Teasdale, the learning officer at the museum, described the artefacts as stunning.

She said: ‘This is a major exhibition for Portsmouth as nothing like this has happened before. It’s going to be very popular and encourages viewers to look at truth versus myth.’

All the Egyptian objects are from the collections of Birmingham museums and are being lent to Portsmouth City Museum in a partnership with Birmingham’s Trust.

The exhibition, which runs from October 5 to February 23 next year, aims to make visitors reassess their knowledge about ancient Egypt.

Secret Egypt will be split into five sections exploring different aspects of ancient Egypt and bringing stories behind the Egyptian myths to life.

Not only do visitors get to see the coffin of Namenkhetamun, they will also learn about Tutankhamen and Ramesses the Great.

Another section, Beware the Mummy’s Curse, explores the idea of mummies rising from the dead to chase and terrify the living.

When examined, Namenkhetamun was found to be male, although the coffin reads ‘Daughter of Amunkhau’.

More questions were raised about Namenkhetamun as there is a mysterious hole in the back of his head.

Not much is know about the death of Namenkhetamun, but he is believed to be over the age of 40.

The artefact itself is thousands of years old and is the most fragile exhibit on display.

On display alongside Namenkhetamun is a large scale model of the Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel, canopic jars, shabti figures, carved stones, statues, pottery, charms, jewellery, amulets, domestic items and a mummified hawk.

The 150 objects are drawn from the significant Egyptian collections of Birmingham museums.

Portsmouth City Council said it hopes the exhibition will attract a large number of visitors during its time at the museum.

Spokeswoman Jane Singh said: ‘Based on the evidence of objects spanning 4,000 years, the exhibition will enable visitors to investigate the truth behind some of the most popular myths about ancient Egypt.’