Uncovering the Secrets of an Egyptian Mummy and Coffin: The Quest to Restore Personhood

In the short film "Uncovering the Secrets of an Egyptian Mummy and Coffin: The Quest to Restore Personhood," the Barnum Museum takes us on an enthralling expedition into the captivating world of ancient Egypt. For over a century, visitors have admired the mummy and its intricately decorated coffin, believing it to belong to a male priest named Pa-Ib from Luxor, Egypt.

However, a jaw-dropping revelation unveils a hidden truth: the mummy is not Pa-Ib but that of an ancient Egyptian woman who lived over 4,000 years ago. The film follows the museum's relentless pursuit to unravel her identity, led by Sahar Saleem, a radiologist from Cairo, and Joe Mullins, a skilled forensics sculptor.

Witness the cutting-edge CT scans that provide vital data for an astonishing facial reconstruction, giving life to the mysterious woman known as "Ipy." Through the intricate artistry of facial reconstruction, viewers get an awe-inspiring glimpse into what she might have looked like in her time.

Delve into the world of hieroglyphs and the enigmatic inscriptions on the coffin, as experts decipher their hidden meanings. The film sheds light on the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians, including women, while challenging the notion that mummified remains are mere objects, rather than human beings with stories to tell.

"Uncovering the Secrets of Ipy's Mummy" is a captivating and educational cinematic experience, showcasing the museum's dedication to preserving history and cultural understanding. Prepare to be transported back in time and immersed in the mysteries of ancient Egypt as we unravel the secrets of "Ipy's Mummy" together.

  • Rui Pinho
  • William Sarris
  • Rui Pinho
  • Willaim Sarris
  • Adrienne Saint-Pierre
  • Kathleen Maher
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Director - Rui Pinho, William Sarris