The MGH’s 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy Padihershef, along with his inner coffin, was moved to a new custom-built horizontal display case during the weekend of June 7. Employees and the public were invited to visit the Ether Dome – “Padi’s” home since 1823 – to observe the restorations, part of a multi-phased conservation effort sponsored in part by an anonymous donor and the MGH Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Conservators trained in restoring ancient artifacts spent the weekend cleaning and stabilizing both the mummy and his coffin. Earlier this year, Padi received a full-scale medical investigation, including full body X-ray and CT scanning, into what his life and health would have been like some 2,500 years ago, when he was a 40-year-old stonecutter from the Necropolis in Thebes.
Read more articles from the 06/14/13 Hotline issue.