Image: The museum mummy before treatment

The museum mummy before treatment

This image was taken directly after the mummy had been lifted out of the coffin.  The linen wrappings around the body are unravelling, torn, heavily creased and misaligned.  The heavy stains are most likely the result of embalming fluids and oils leeching through the linen. Whilst the linen retained some flexibility in areas, other sections of linen were very brittle or even dessicated to a fine powder. 

Heather MacKay
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