San Antonio Museum of Art presents "Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion"
The San Antonio Museum of Art will present "Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion." The exhibition focuses on the creation of animal mummies, their role in ancient Egyptian religion, and their burial. Recently conserved for this exhibition, the mummies include a cat, three crocodiles, two ibises, and three falcons. In collaboration with the San Antonio Zoo and the Radiology Department at University of Texas Health San Antonio, the mummies underwent modern scientific methods of examination including X-ray imaging and CT scanning, which made it possible to understand and analyze the contents of the mummies without unwrapping them. These tests and their results will be featured in the exhibition.
A dynamic series of educational public programs will complement the exhibition. The highlight will be a lecture by Salima Ikram, PhD, Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Ikram is the world’s leading expert on animal mummies.