Visited 30th August
The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a museum on New Walk in Leicester, England, not far from the city centre. The original building was designed by Joseph Hansom, designer of the hansom cab.
Address: 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA
Hours: Monday to Saturday : 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: 0116 225 4900
Entry is free and photography is allowed.
There is a large cafe and shop as well as cloakroom and toilets.
Ancient Egypt Gallery
Gallery 5, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
The exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery looks at what life and death were like for the Ancient Egyptians. The areas explored include food, cosmetics and toiletries, writing, games and building techniques, as well as death, mummification and the afterlife.
Some of the star objects to look out for in the gallery include wooden funerary models of a bakery, brewery and a boat. These objects would have been made to be included with the burial goods in a tomb but they also give us a fascinating insight into what Ancient Egyptian daily life would have looked like.
There are also four mummies on display in the gallery. Unfortunately three of the cabinets were/are very dark making decent photography extremely difficult!!
Bes-en-Mut was found in a tomb in Akhmim, a town near the Nile, by Professor Maspero. He is the brother of Ta-bes. He lived around late 800 BC. X-rays of his skeleton show he was a healthy young adult when he died.
On the coffin you can see him following Thoth, a bird-headed God, to Osiris, the god of the dead. Bes-en-Mut’s shaven head and white robes show he was a priest.
The mummy and coffin was given to the Leicester Museum by Mr and Mrs John Mason Cook. Along with his father, Thomas, John Mason Cook founded the famous Thomas Cook & Son travel company.
Pa-nesit-tawy and the coffin are currently on display in Taiwan as part of an exhibition called ‘Quest for Immortality’.
Pa-nesit-tawy was found in a tomb near Thebes. He lived around 600 BC. His name is written in hieroglyphics on the top half of his coffin. X-rays have shown that the mummy found in the coffin was a woman called Ta-ini, who has been returned to her coffin in Liverpool Museum.
Pe-iuy was found in a tomb in Thebes. He lived around 700-500 BC. The coffin states his name in hieroglyphics and has an image of Thoth, the bird-headed God, leading Pe-iuy to Osiris, god of the dead.
X-rays of the mummy show us that he is male and probably middle-aged when he died. He was in good dental health and had a break in his left upper arm which happened around three weeks before his death.
Ta-bes was found in a tomb in Akhmim, a town near the Nile, by Professor Maspero. Bes-en-Mut is her brother.
Ta-bes lived around late 800 BC. Her name is written in hieroglyphics on her coffin. X-rays show her wisdom teeth have not all grown, making her around twenty years old when she died. Her skeleton shows she suffered from an illness which stopped her growth. This meant she was very short and probably never walked.