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Mummies of Interest

The Orlovits Family

The Orlovits Family was part of a group of 18th century mummies discovered in a long-forgotten crypt in Vac, Hungary in 1994. Michael and Veronica Orlovits and their son, Johannes, were among those preserved by the cool dry air and oil from the pine boards used to build their coffins. Extensive research including DNA analysis offers answers about their conditions and cause of death. They are on loan from the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest.

The Burns Collection

The Burns Collection is a historic and unique collection of medical mummies dating from the early 19th century. The fascinating collection consists of human cadavers, individual pieces and sections of the body that were anatomically dissected and preserved to demonstrate and teach anatomy, pathology and surgery during the early stages of formalized medical education. For the first time, several specimens from this collection are on display to the public in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. The Burns Collection is on loan from the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

The Maryland Mummy a/k/a MUMAB

The man-made Mummy of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, or MUMAB, was the first modern-day ancient mummy. MUMAB was created in 1994 by Egyptologist Robert “Bob” Brier of Long Island University, and anatomist Ronald “Ronn” Wade of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, using replicas of the same tools and following the same processes that ancient Egyptians used more than 2,000 years ago.

Presently, MUMAB shows no signs of decay, suggesting that the modern mummification was a success. When not on tour with Mummies of the World, MUMAB is kept at the San Diego Museum of Man, where it is on permanent loan from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

The Baron and Baroness

The Baron von Holtz is a 17th century nobleman believed to have died in Sommersdorf, Germany during the Thirty Years’ War (1618 – 1648). He was discovered in the family crypt of the von Crailsheim family’s late 14th century castle, still wearing his top boots. CT scans revealed clues about his anatomy, age and approximate date of birth and death.

Baroness Schenck von Geiern, another von Crailsheim ancestor, was found in the family crypt. Loaned by Dr. Manfred Baron von Crailsheim – Sommersdorf, Germany.

Nes-Hor and Nes-Min

Nes-Min and Nes-Hor were priests in the Temple of Min in the ancient city of Khent-Min. Nes Hor, who lived during the Ptolemaic period (225 – 195 BC), and Nes-Min, some 200 years earlier during the Late Period (440 – 400 BC), were both stolist priests responsible for caring for the temple’s many statues of the gods. Their sarcophagi (coffins) were constructed from wood, probably sycamore, and painted. The study of the symbols on each respective sarcophagus revealed the priests’ names and occupations, as well as other family information. Loaned by Buffalo History Museum.

Egyptian Animal Mummies

Egyptian animal mummies are elaborately wrapped in painted linen bandaging, holding fascinating clues to life and death in ancient Egypt. The Egyptian cat mummy in this exhibition is from the early Roman period in Ancient Egypt (332 BC – AD 100) and shows how Egyptian cats were ritually embalmed in a lengthy process using salt and various resins. The unwrapped falcon mummy shows the quality of mummification that was achieved with some animals. These and other mummies are on loan from Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science and San Diego Museum of Man.


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