Forever is too long: How I said no to the afterlife and yes to unlimited visitation

Things took a turn for the more serious with Ankh Hap, our recently-relocated original Museum Mummy. If this is your first time tuning into our otherworldly correspondence, we suggest you catch up here.

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The latest stems from an unexpected invitation to the afterlife, which I was extremely flattered by and unprepared for. It’s simply not a situation I find myself in often; I had trouble getting a date through adolescence (and beyond, if we’re being honest).

Here’s how it went down:

Emails from the other side: The Museum Mummy reaches out

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Emails from the other side: The Museum Mummy reaches out

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Emails from the other side: The Museum Mummy reaches out

I’ve yet to hear back, and I imagine Ankh Hap needs some consoling. Or perhaps he’s already moved on to some other, more age-appropriate lady in skin-tight wrappings.

Check on him, will you? He’ll begin taking public visitors when the Hall of Ancient Egypt opens to the public this Friday, May 31.

Emails from the other side: When it comes to ushabtis, is it possible to miss something you never had?

Our correspondence with Ankh Hap, the original Museum mummy, continues this week with a discussion of ushabtis — miniature funerary figurines placed in ancient Egyptian tombs and meant to take the place of the deceased should they be called upon to perform any manual labor in the afterlife.

Apparently one can’t even count on death as a reprieve from hard work! And according to Ankh Hap, one doesn’t know luxury until one knows the benefits of an ushabti army.

For more of Emails from the Other Side, review past Beyond Bones posts here.

Troop of funerary servant figures shabtis in the name of Neferibreheb

Emails from the other side: The Museum mummy reaches out

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Emails from the other side: The Museum mummy reaches out

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Emails from the other side: The Museum mummy reaches out

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Emails from the other side: The Museum mummy reaches out
Meet Ankh Hap in-person and survey his new digs when the Hall of Ancient Egypt opens next week!

Emails from the other side: The Museum Mummy flatters a staffer

If you’ve been following along as our veteran Museum Mummy, Ankh Hap, prepares to adjust to his new living quarters, welcome back. If you’ve not, you’ll probably want to catch up here and here.

The gist is this: Our previously singular mummy will be gaining several new roommates when he moves into the new Hall of Ancient Egypt, and he was not. having. it.

Photo courtesy of the Mummies of the World exhibition.

Luckily, thanks to the delicate nudging (and maybe a bit of virtual eyelash-batting) of our marketing department, Ankh Hap seems to be coming around:

Emails from the other side: Our correspondence with a corpse continues

Emails from the other side: Our correspondence with a corpse continues

To take a gander at the above-mentioned ’90s brochure, one simply has to click here.

For more from the original, check back Mondays here at BEYONDbones.

Emails from the other side: Our correspondence with a corpse continues

For those of you just checking in, our Museum Mummy, Ankh Hap, is getting some majorly upgraded digs when our Hall of Ancient Egypt opens to the public this month. Unfortunately, it seems he was the last to know that the luxurious new living space would also come with new roommates.

Ankh Hap wrote us from the afterlife to get more info about our new Egyptian artifacts, and the resulting back-and-forth ended up being very educational and more than a little flirtatious (more on that later.)

We’ll be posting excerpts here each Monday. Here’s the latest:

A mummy reaches out

A mummy reaches out