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Kolkata Mummy
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age Unknown
Sex Unknown
Status Elite
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Ancient Egypt
Date(s) Unknown
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Egyptian Gallery- Indian Museum (Kolkata)
Catalog # None

The 4000 year old mummy arrived in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1882, being the earliest mummy to ever arrive in India. It was said to be a gift to the Asiatic Society of Bengal, the founder of the museum, from the "tombs of the kings at Gourvah" in Egypt.

Mummification

The Kolkata Mummy is very fragile, as the Indian Museum is not air-conditioned and does not provide ideal conditions to maintain the mummy. It is decaying very quickly, and gives off a very potent smell. Wrapped in a cloth, the Kolkata Mummy has its bones completely exposed, accompanied by a crumbled face and head. However, it is placed in a insulated cabinet, which has supposedly slowed down its degeneration.

  

Additional

The Kolkata Mummy is also preserved with a mummified hand that was gifted to the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1844, shortly before the arrival of the mummy. In December 2016, MJ Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, visited the Indian Museum and expressed his disbelief on the preservation conditions of this ancient artifact. This provides hope that changes will be made to respectfully preserve the Kolkata Mummy.

References

Faulty ACs endanger 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy at Kolkata museum - Times of India. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Egyptian-mummy-Faulty-ACs-Egyptian-gallery/articleshow/36263983.cms

Ghosh, S. (2017, April 06). Egypt Keen to Help India Restore 4,000-Year-Old Mummy in Kolkata . Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://www.thequint.com/lifestyle/life/egypt-to-restore-mummy-kolkata

Mitra, P., & T. (2016, December 25). 4000-year-old Kolkata mummy to get new lease of life - Times of India. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/4000-year-old-kolkata-mummy-to-get-new-lease-of-life/articleshow/56163336.cms

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