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Studio MB designs mummies exhibition

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

March 13, 2012 | 2 min read

Edinburgh agency Studio MB has helped to design a new exhibition about mummies for the National Museum of Scotland.

Studio MB designed the overall look and feel of the Fascinating Mummies exhibition, working to the narrative and design brief created by the in-house exhibition team,

The exhibition takes visitors along "a temple style, dynastic time line of Ancient Egypt, charting 5,000 years of burial rituals". Ancient objects are set against paintings by Scottish artist David Roberts.

After the timeline, visitors are introduced to the human aspect of mummification and the deeply held beliefs behind the methods. The complicated process is broken down step by step and its rituals and spiritual journey to the afterlife explained including direct translations from hieroglyphs which are used to punctuate the space.

They are then brought back to present day through a history of archaeological discovery to understand how unraveling mummies’ secrets has changed over the years. New research and discoveries made through modern technologies such as CAT scans are introduced to demonstrate the benefits of non-invasive research.

The exhibition culminates with an entire gallery of the exhibition dedicated to the Egyptian high priest Ankhhor.

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