Investigating the Perth Mummy

The results of the scanning and investigation of the mummy not only told us information about where she came from and who she was, but also the best way to look after her for the future.

Perth Museum’s Mummy has been one of the most popular museum exhibits since she arrived from Alloa Museum in the 1930’s. She was donated by the Alloa Society of Natural Science and Archaeology in 1936. The Society was given the Mummy by a Mr William Bailey, who purchased it from the curator of the government museum, Cairo. It had been discovered 3 or 4 years prior to this (possibly in or around Thebes). When discovered she was said to be 2,800 years old and would thus be described as Late New Kingdom.

Believed to be either a priestess or a princess from Thebes, the mystery surrounding her life story kept visitors guessing for years.

The Perth Mummy is 3,000 years old, quite an age we’re sure you’ll agree!  We have looked after her carefully in Perth Museum since the 1930’s, but time of course has taken its toll. She is very delicate which makes protecting her from damage difficult.

There is concern, from all the experts involved, about the deteriorating condition of the 3,000 year old relic.  The Perth Mummy has been part of the collections of Perth & Kinross Council since the 1930’s and although she has been well looked after in recent years, conservation work is needed to make sure her condition does not deteriorate further and that she can be displayed safely to the public.

Perth & Kinross Council recognises that she could make an important contribution to our children’s education and to our local economy and is exploring fundraising ideas to enable us to bring her secrets to life in the best possible way.

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