Although I hated studying History in school, I am thankful that I still retain my fascination with antiquity and how people of the yesteryears lived. There is no doubt that a visit to a museum would be one of the highlights in any overseas trip that I make. I’m sure a lot of people share the same interest with me, especially when it comes to Egyptian history. Mummies, pyramids, Pharoahs, these are words that the average person would definitely recognise.
For me, I have a particular soft spot for Egyptian history simply because more than 10 years ago, the Egyptian exhibition at the then Asian Civilizations Museum (Armenian Street) was where my thirst for such knowledge first sprung forth. It was all thanks to the most interesting and animated docent we had for the tour through the exhibits. I subsequently did a volunteer stint at the museum as well!
The Mummies are back again, this time at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Mummy : Secrets of the Tomb is an exhibition pairing mummies and artifacts culled from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum. The centrepiece is Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3000 years ago and died at the age of 40. You will be able to see a cast of his head to see how he looked like those 3000 years ago! The most amazing part of it all is that the Nesperennub remains in his original cartonnage coffin that has never been opened! The groundbreaking 3D film captures the “virtual unwrapping” of Nesperennub and I can tell you that it is an incredible film (and not some crap thing they throw in just to charge you a more expensive ticket).
I didn’t want to scare you with all the pictures of coffins and corpses so here’s a picture of me instead . Don’t you like my Egyptian looking 3D glasses?
This the digital reconstruction of how Nesperennub would have looked like when he was alive. With the most advanced and cutting-edge scanning technology used in modern medicine, it is now possible to “unwrap” an Egyptian mummy without actually disturbing the delicate mummy wrappings or destroying delicate historical data.
My first impression of Nesperennub is that he has an “ancient times” look. But after looking at this picture a couple of times now, I am starting to think that his face would not really stand out in a multi-cultural place such as Singapore. Is it just me or do you often have the same thought when you are looking at pictures/portraits of people who lived hundreds of years ago and you feel like no modern person would look like that?