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Egyptian Collection at the National Museum of SloveniaThe only Ancient Egyptian coffin with a human mummy in Slovenia in the silence of its tomb
2. 1. 2017
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Egyptian Collection at the National Museum of Slovenia

Death is before me today,
Like the fragrance of lotus,
Like sitting on the shore of drunkenness.
Death stands before me today,
Like the clearing of the sky.

(Dialogue of a Man with his Soul, Papyrus Berlin 3024, excerpt)


The Egyptian Collection at the National Museum of Slovenia is one of the oldest collections created shortly after the establishment of the Provincial Museum of Carniola in 1821. It was created primarily through the donations of wealthy patriots: merchants, travellers, missionaries, high state officials and diplomats. In 1846, Knight Anton von Laurin, the Austrian Consul General in Egypt, donated the Egyptian mummy in the painted wooden anthropomorphic coffin to what was then the Provincial Museum in Ljubljana, whereas most of the small sculptures were left to the museum in 1912 by Jožef Svegel in his bequest.

The hieroglyphs were already translated in 1866 by Albert Kosmač, the first Slovenian Orientalist, from which it is evident that the mummified A-keswy-te was a priest in the Temple of Amun in Karnak and had lived in the turbulent late period of the 25th or 26th Dynasty (7th–6th century BC). The coffin and mummy were carefully conserved and restored in 2000–2002. A number of studies were also performed.

The coffin and mummy are now presented in a space that resembles a tomb, on the ground floor corridor of the museum building, together with the findings of mostly non-destructive investigations. A short film presents the conservation and restoration treatment spanning over several years, as well as the investigations of the coffin and mummy.

Today, this remains the only Ancient Egyptian anthropomorphic coffin with a human mummy in Slovenia.

The Egyptian mummy of A-keswy-ta the priest of Amun again rests peacefully after a long journey. You are invited to view the only Ancient Egyptian coffin with a human mummy in Slovenia in the silence of its tomb.

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Open Today
MuzejskaClosed
MetelkovaClosed
Snežnik CastleClosed
Bled Castle10:00 - 18:00
Ad PirumClosed