September 21, 2012 — I never want to write a grimpendium that doesn’t feature mummies in it. I just love ancient and ritualistically entombed desiccated corpses. They’re everything we need to know about time, death, and belief, all wrapped up in linen. In The New York Grimpendium, we’ve got mummies at the Buffalo Museum of Science and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. However, my favorite mummy experience was at the Brooklyn Museum’s “Mummy Chamber.” First, because they called it the "Mummy Chamber,” but also for all the reasons below:
|The ominous, tall entrance to the |
black-walled and atmospheric
|A section of mummy bandage, complete with inscribed |
spell and directions to the 14 underworld mounds in
the afterlife. Too awesome.
|Canopic jars, for the organs of the embalmed.|
|A scroll with another spell for the dead,|
the translation of which sounds eerily like
a resurrections spell. For example:
"I shall have power in my heart.
I shall have power in my arms.
I shall have power in my legs."
|Top shelf: Ibis mummy. |
Bottom shelf: Baby croc mummy.
|And there's even a clip from the 1933 Universal Pictures|
The Mummy. All tallied, a perfect score,
Brooklyn Museum curators.
Read all about my visits to the mummies of New York in The New York Grimpendium, which is on sale now: