MUMMIES OF WORLD 【Fukuoka City Museum】20212021.04.10 〜 2021.06.27 Momochi , Sawara Area
From natural to artificial ones from Egypt, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Japan, a total of 42 mummies are coming as one of the most special exhibitions ever.
Who, why and how became mummies—they had been merely a subject of curiosity long but this exhibition will close in on mysteries of mummies showing their real picture, academic values, and varied cultures including views of life and death available from recent studies and the latest science.
■The Japanese audio guide is narrated by Takao OSAWA, one of the leading actors of Japan.
1.North and South America
There is a long history of mummies in North and South America where the world’s oldest mummies, both of natural and artificial ones, were discovered. Mummies had important meanings in the society of the Inca Empire with the mummification of successive emperors. Mummies found in the northern highland of Chachapoyas, Peru, are invaluable reference of mummy culture during the Inca Empire.
2. Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians mummified animals as well. Its purpose were varied; mummified together with people as a member of the family, dedicated as religious offerings, and as food in the afterlife.
Many mummies have been discovered across Europe. Among them, a bog body is known for a surprisingly good state of conservation.
4.Oceania and East Asia
Multiple mummy cultures existed in Oceania, but mummification came to an end with the twentieth century and existing mummies are limited. Therefore, we cannot know how mummies in the region really are.
Meanwhile, based on the Buddhist perception, Japan has a culture to worship Sokushinbutsu, self-mummified monks, which have been well conserved.
■MUMMIES OF THE WORLD Talk Events
-The Exhibition Outline and Mummies in the Andes Region
10 April 2021 (Sat) 13:30-
-Mummies of World―Latest Studies and its Challenges
22 May 2021 (Sat) 13:30-
The language is Japanese only. For more details, please visit the Japanese page of this site.
https://fihb.f.msgs.jp/webapp/form/22521_fihb_89/index.do (Japanese only)
■Tickets with an official figure sold on a first-come, first-served basis
Collaborated with Kaiyodo, a limited number of tickets with an official figure are available on sale at Lawson. A set of an adult ticket and one figure for 2,000 yen.
-You cannot choose a particular figure.
-A figure will be provided in exchange for your ticket at the exhibition.
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