New gallery in Jaipur’s Albert Hall museum displays Egyptian mummy and 215 rare antique items
Spread over an area of 1500 square feet, the gallery displays Egyptian antiques in 16 new showcases.
Jaipur: Tourists enjoyed a free tour of a new gallery displaying an Egyptian mummy and a total of 215 rare Egyptian antique items in Jaipur’s Albert Hall at the occasion of its opening on Tuesday. Housed in the basement of this Indo-Saracenic style museum, the new gallery was thrown open for tourists by the Rajasthan government’s archaeology department on Tuesday.
Albert Hall superintendent Dr Rakesh Chholak told The PinkCity Post the gallery, spread over an area of 1500 square feet, displays Egyptian antiques in 16 new showcases.
“Earlier we had the 2300-year-old Egyptian mummy that goes by the name of Tutu on display on the ground floor of the museum, but the environment there was not what it should be to preserve a mummy, so we prepared a gallery in the basement. The galley has been prepared by archaeological experts and provides suitable environment to the mummy which is one of the main attractions of the museum,” said Choolak.
Tutu was a female member of a priest’s family, dating to Egypt’s Ptolemaic period (322 BC to 30 BC). She was brought to Jaipur and preserved in 1887. Along with her came more 200 ancient items which are being showcased in the new art gallery. The mummy and antique items were “gifted” by Brughsch Bey of the Museum of Cairo for an exhibition in Jaipur.
The museum authorities have installed special lights and cameras to make antique items look attractive and to ensure security.