Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya - CSMVS, (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), is showcasing a remarkable exhibition ‘Mummy: The Inside Story’ from 21st November, 2012 onwards for four months. This exhibition is presented through the collaboration of the British Museum and CSMVS and is brought to Mumbai by BP and Reliance Foundation.
The exhibition will take visitors on a 3D immersive experience into the coffin of Nesperennub, a priest who lived and died in Egypt nearly 3,000 years ago. This path-breaking exhibition with its non-invasive technique of X-rays, CT-scans and advanced computer technology takes viewers through a ‘virtual unwrap’,’ a 3D journey combined with dramatic reconstructions of the priest’s life and mummification in ancient Egypt, portraying its every feature using a forensic approach. In addition, the exhibition is designed with a five minute pre-show film giving context to his historical and social background.
Comprising extraordinary artefacts from the Egyptian Collection of the British Museum, and high-tech visuals that untangle the mystery of mummification through 3D films, this dramatic exhibition centres around Nesperennub’s mummy, its cartonnage case and an array of funerary objects and figurines. To keep the memory of the exhibition alive, there is also a fascinating and affordable line up of merchandise ranging from apparel, classroom products, mousepads, key chains, coasters, bags which will be available as souvenirs for the visitor.
CSMVS will roll out an extensive education and students programme reaching out to more than 300 schools and colleges in and around Mumbai. Many of these exciting programmes of enrichment workshops, demonstrations and activities are free for school children to enjoy. There is also an innovative online resource for teachers to plan self-guided visits for their school children and amongst other interesting activities there is an object-based fun trail through the exhibition. Enrichment Programmes will bring an introductory workshop about the importance of hieroglyphs and demonstrations to enable students to understand ancient Egyptian medical practices and modern techniques of preservation.
Storytelling sessions on myths and legends from Ancient Egypt will add a sense of wonder. Activity funfairs are set to engage families with different activities such as a photography corner, Wheel of the Gods, Bookmark counter and others. Furthermore, there will be tactile tours for the visually impaired to give them a multisensory experience of the exhibition and special activity based visit for underprivileged children and differently-abled visitors.
Commenting on the occasion, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS said, "The British Museum, London, one of the world’s largest museums, enriched with a large number of Egyptian mummies and other important associate antiquities, has always fascinated the world in general and India in particular because of its historic connection with this subcontinent. It is gratifying that the exhibition entitled “Mummy: The Inside Story” is arriving in Mumbai in November, 2012 and will be on public view for a period of four months. We are grateful to Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, BP and Reliance Foundation for their generous support and cooperation."
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum said, “We are delighted to be working with CSMVS to bring this exhibition to Mumbai. Egyptian Mummies are some of the most popular exhibits in the British Museum’s collection and this technology has widened our understanding of the culture of ancient Egypt immeasurably. The opening of this exhibition in Mumbai is a historic step in making the British Museum’s collection available to the people of India. We hope it will be the first of many such collaborations with the CSMVS.”
John Taylor, Curator, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum said,” This ground-breaking new technology, allows the visitor to make a personal exploration of an Egyptian mummy while leaving the wrappings completely undisturbed for future investigators. Visitors will get a unique experience and understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture through this immersive experience. It is truly exciting to be bringing this to an Indian audience.”
Commenting on this exhibition, Anupam Sah, Exhibition Co-ordinator and Art Conservation Consultant, said, “Collaborating with the British Museum for this exhibition is in line with our continuing efforts to bring to the public glimpses of cultural treasures from around the world. Every exhibition is a unique education and outreach opportunity, and Mummy: The Inside Story is a special one.”
This exhibition is being sponsored by BP and Reliance Foundation.
Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country- UK, BP said, “BP is pleased to be supporting this ground-breaking exhibition at the CSMVS, where cutting-edge technology is used to enlighten us about the culture of ancient Egypt. For BP this exhibition is a rewarding collaboration as we are long-standing supporters of the British Museum and are partnering with Reliance Foundation for the first time, to enable this exhibition to come to India.”
Smt. Nita M. Ambani, Chairperson, Reliance Foundation: "The Egyptian Mummy has always amazed the world as an incredible phenomenon. It epitomizes human ingenuity and is a great example of a rich heritage. Reliance Foundation is delighted to collaborate with BP in bringing this marvel to India through the ‘Mummy: The Inside Story’ exhibition. This exhibition will give us a glimpse into the past through the scientific miracles of the present, as cutting edge science helps us see the insides of a Mummy for the first time. We hope this initiative will help unravel this great wonder and serve as an inspiring learning experience, especially to thousands of children."