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A mummy is an embalmed or specially preserved dead body. The ancient Egyptians wanted to preserve the body so that the dead person's spirit or "ka" could remain there. Mummies are often characters in cartoons, comics, or movies, like "Goosebumps" or "Jonny Quest".

Egypt, Late Period
Probably 27th-31st Dynasties, 525-332 B.C. "Wrapped Mummy of a Man"
Human remains and linen, 63 inches long
Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.4
Collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum

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Last Updated: June 1st, 2011

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