Unlock the Secrets of Egyptian Priest Nesperennub

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

In collaboration with the British Museum and ArtScience Museum Singapore, you can now experience the journey to the Egyptian afterlife and unwrap the 3,000 year-old mystery of a Priest mummy called Nesperennub. This is the first time the exhibition titled Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is held in Singapore and Southeast Asia that will reveal the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process. I have seen similar exhibition, Quest for immortality – The world of Ancient Egypt back in 2010 but I find this exhibition presented in a different way.

3D Specs

With cutting edge CT scanning technology and computer visualisation techniques, experts are able to see inside the mummy, without disturbing the exquisite cartonnage or delicate material surrounding the mummy. Therefore, visitors can enjoy the findings through extraordinary virtual reality experience in 3D. Each of us will receive a pair of 3D glasses prior watching the film and to be kept as souvenir. Having said that, the state-of-the art technology able to reconstruct how Nesperennub may have looked too. The duration of the film takes about 13 mins before proceed to the exhibition artifacts.

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This is how Nesperennub roughly look like.


Centerpiece of the museum. This is the cartonnage case of Nesperennub, 22nd Dynasty (about 800 BC). He is a priest of an Egyptian temple. Nesperennub died aged approximately forty years. His skull shows a small unexplained hole above the left eye, which might indicate an illness which could have proved fatal.

Outer Case

This is the outer coffin. Nesperennub would have had his internal organs removed, except for the heart, before being embalmed with resin.


The exhibition showcase more than 100 artefacts which includes 6 mummies on display. Within the exhibition, a workshop is conducted on the various steps and rituals that comprised the embalming, mummification, and cartonnage procedures of the time. I find this rather enthralling.


Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is ongoing at the Singapore ArtScience Museum from now to November 4, 2013.

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I came across this video which i find pretty interesting regarding asian mummy. Scientists perform an autopsy on the best preserved mummy ever discovered: that of a Han aristocrat named Lady Dai. More than 2000 years after her death her flesh is still resilient and the blood in her veins is still red. Viewer discretion is advised!

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