CAIRO – 10 August 2022: Egyptian museums contain millions of rare artifacts from various ancient Egyptian eras. Each piece narrates a story that is thousands of years old.
Today, ET sheds light on the canopic vessels of Wahibre Haaibre. They are unique pieces of art.
The canopic vessels consist of four pieces associated with Wahibre Haaibre, the son of Psamtik I. These pots were used to preserve the entrails of the deceased after embalming them, and their covers were in the form of the four sons of Horus.
It was called the Canopic pots in relation to the city of Canopus, one of the cities of Abu Qir in Alexandria. It is now displayed in the Mummification Museum.
The Mummification Museum is located on the Nile Corniche, north of Luxor Temple. It was opened in 1997, and is one of the most important museums in Egypt, dedicated to the art of ancient Egyptian mummification.
The museum consists of one exhibition hall that include 73 artifacts giving a comprehensive explanation of the mummification process in ancient Egypt, and shedding light on the religious significance of mummification as well as the rituals associated with it from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. Many mummification tools, canopic utensils, coffins, amulets, statues of deities, funerary paintings, and a number of human and animal mummies are exhibited in the museum.
The museum also houses a conference hall that accommodates about 200 people, equipped with the latest technological means, a hall for museum education and cultural development, and another for film screenings and a cafeteria.
The Mummification Museum covers an area of about 2000 square meters and is considered one of the most important specialized museums in Egypt.