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 Museum from Curitiba houses Egyptian mummy 

23/07/07
Museum from Curitiba houses Egyptian mummy
The Egyptian Museum, run by the Rosicrucian Order, in the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, has a permanent exhibition of a mummy of a woman from
Ancient Egypt.

A singer and musician, she dedicated her talent to goddess Isis. The museum also brings replicas of Egyptian objects made by artists and receives around 3,000 visitors a month.

Every month, around 3,000 people visit the Egyptian Museum, on Nicaragua street, in Curitiba, capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, to see the relics of the land of the pharaohs up close. The institution has a permanent exhibition of a mummy of an Egyptian who lived in Ancient Egypt. The body, nicknamed Tothmea, was supposedly a singer and musician who honoured goddess Isis, according to data supplied by the museum. The mummy arrived in the capital of Paraná state in 1995, as a donation from the Rosicrucian Museum of San Jose, California, which belongs to the Rosicrucian Order, a mystical and philosophical institution that also owns the Egyptian Museum in Curitiba.

According to the person responsible for the museum, Rodrigo Bontorin, the donation was made at the request of the institution. The mummy was nicknamed Tothmea in honour of pharaoh Thutmose, who governed Egypt in the 18th dynasty. It was discovered in a necropolis, ancient cemetery, in Thebes, in the second half of the 18th century. In the Egyptian Museum, the mummy is in a funeral chamber, similar to the ancient Egyptian tombs, with pictures of daily and religious scenes on the walls, made especially for Tothmea. The embalmed body is one of the main attractions of the Egyptian Museum of Curitiba.

Apart from the mummy, however, the museum houses 497 replicas of historic Egyptian artefacts like the bust of queen Nefertiti, wife of pharaoh Akhenaten, and objects of king Tutankhamun. The products exhibited at the site follow different themes, which change every two years. Since August last year, the title of the exhibit has been "Customs, habits and traditions: the daily life of Ancient Egypt". The exhibition includes articles related to the daily life of the country at the time of the pharaohs, including objects used by scribes, equipment for the production of paints, hoes for tilling the land and statues of women working.

The replicas exhibited at the museum were made by artists Eduardo D'Ávila Vilela, Luis César Vieira Branco, Tathy Zimmermann, Christopher Zoellner, Moacir Elias Santos and Aylton Tomás. The space started operating in 1990, after artist Eduardo D'Ávila Vilela donated articles from his personal collection. Currently, it is Santos who produces new objects for the museum. Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum has temporary exhibits with different themes. Currently the museum is also showing articles used in the interior of houses in Curitiba in the early 20th century, among them furniture and garments.

The Egyptian Museum is open from Monday to Saturday. During the week, according to Bontorin, the visitors are mainly school groups. Visits may be made with the help of monitors, who inform the visitors about the items exhibited. The visitors, however, may also see the museum alone, as all the objects have explanatory captions. The Rosicrucian Order, to which the museum belongs, was born in France in the 17th century, and reached Brazil in the 20th century. The organization and museum's offices, which are at the same site, have architecture inspired on the Egyptian style.

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Egyptian Museum
Visits: Mondays to Fridays, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. On Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Address: Rua Nicarágua, 2641, Curitiba
Telephone: (+55 41) 3351-4024
Site: www.amorc.org.br/museu.htm
E-mail: museu@amorc.org.br

Fuente: ANBA

Tema:  Miscelanea . Enviado el viernes, 17 de agosto de 2007 a las 18:25


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