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Salima Ikram Discusses the Evolution of the Mummy in Upcoming Masters Series Lecture

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Dr. Salima Ikram, a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, will discuss how ancient Egypt has fascinated the popular imagination for centuries during a free lecture on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle. Her talk, titled “May They Live Forever: Ancient Egyptian Mummies,” is the latest guest lecturer in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Masters Series. The event is co-presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society (AIA-Toledo Society) and coincides with the current exhibition, The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo

A highly-regarded scholar of Egyptology and archeology, Ikram is a frequent contributor to Egypt Today and Kmt, two popular Egyptological journals, and has appeared in several series and specials for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the BBC. She also served as an advisor for the 1999 movie The Mummy, starring Brendan Frasier. 

Ikram’s lecture will explore the history of mummies from their inception, into their most recent incarnations in Egypt. The evolving details of mummification over time will be explained, with attention paid to methods of wrapping, and the jewelry and amulets included within the wrappings. The talk will also summarize the ways in which scholars now use their analysis of mummies to elucidate the history, economy, culture, and religion of ancient Egypt. 

A book signing with Ikram will take place in Libbey Court immediately following her Masters Series appearance. Copies of Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt and Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt—both written by Ikram—are available for purchase at the Museum Store. 

Since 2011, the Masters Series has brought world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians and others to share their knowledge and talents at the Museum’s Peristyle. 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 exhibition 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 is free. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.