Mummies and Medicine will be on view through April 7, 2019

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Legion of Honor Museum
April 9, 2018
Coffin of Irethorrou, Egyptian, Akhmim, ca. 500 BC.

Mummies and Medicine at the Legion of Honor

Ancient Egypt meets modern medicine in The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine at the Legion of Honor on view now through April 7, 2019. This exhibition makes use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, and museum curators and conservators presents new information about how these embalmed individuals lived, died and were prepared for eternity.

Rebecca Fahrig and Kerstin Müller of Stanford University Medical School’s department of radiology have conducted high-resolution, three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) scans of the mummies, revealing long-held secrets. The resulting data have been studied by Jonathan Elias of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, who offered much of the interpretation seen in the exhibition.

One of the mummies investigated is that of Irethorrou, a priest from an important family living in Akhmim in middle Egypt about 2,600 years ago. The Future of the Past includes information that has been gleaned about Irethorrou’s lifestyle, the society in which he lived, his religion, and the funerary beliefs of his time. The second mummy, perhaps 500 years older, is that of a woman traditionally known as “Hatason.” Neither her mummy nor her coffin has fared as well as those of Irethorrou, and they present a stark contrast to Irethorrou’s perfectly preserved body.

Visitors can examine both mummies by means of an interactive virtual dissection table supplied by Anatomage, a San Jose medical solutions company. Hauntingly beautiful amulets and tomb furnishings are also displayed.

Tickets for this exhibition are included with general admission and can be purchased online or on site at the Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor is located within San Francisco's Lincoln Park, in the city's Richmond neighborhood.

Bring a group of 10 or more and take advantage of special group benefits! Benefits include discounted tickets, no waiting in line at the admissions desk, private tours, and priority booking with access to preferred time and date. For more information and to download a group order form, please visit the Legion of Honor online.

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