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Bob Brier, a.k.a. Mr. Mummy, Returns to Toledo for Masters Series Lecture on Egyptomania

Dr. Bob Brier, a senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of New York’s Long Island University, returns to the Toledo Museum of Art on Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. He will give a free lecture on the 3000-year obsession with ancient Egypt in the Peristyle as part of the Museum’s Masters Series. This event coincides with the current exhibition, The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo.

As one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists, Brier has sought to understand the pull of ancient Egypt on the world today and has amassed one of the largest collections of ancient Egypt-related memorabilia. Many of the objects from his personal collection are on view in The Mummies, including scarab bracelets and mummy-case mechanical pencils from the 1920s, a Palmolive Shampoo advertisement circa 1917-1918, and one of Brier’s personal favorites, a barn poster from the 1920s for George the Magician’s Egyptian-themed magic show.

An expert on Egyptomania—the West’s fascination with ancient Egypt—Brier has dedicated his life to tracing this ancient culture, earning him the nickname, Mr. Mummy. He has written several books on mummification, Egyptomania, and other Egyptian topics, some of which are available for purchase at The Museum Store. These titles include “Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art” and “Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs.” A book signing with Brier will take place in Libbey Court immediately following his Masters Series appearance.

“The Museum is grateful that Dr. Brier has contributed so much to TMA to make The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo possible, including the generous loans to the exhibition as well as his Master Series lecture,” said Mike Deetsch, Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement at the Museum. “This is a great opportunity to learn about ancient Egypt and Egyptomania from one of the preeminent scholars in the field of Egyptology.”

Since 2011, the Masters Series has brought world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians, and others to share their knowledge and talents on the stage of the Museum’s Peristyle Theater. The series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors.

The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is on view through May 6, 2018 and is sponsored by Block Communications, Inc., KeyBank, Taylor Cadillac, and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Admission to The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers, with discounted tickets available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5). Admission for school groups and children under 5 is free. Visit toledomuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets.