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.
Meet Ankh Hap in-person and survey his new digs when the Hall of Ancient Egypt opens next week!
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.
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:
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.
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:
As the Digital Media Editor, I get a lot of strange emails. Some are from spambots offering awkward praise for our blog. Others are more direct, like “What is a Digital Media Editor even for, anyway?” and “Why isn’t everything free, everywhere, always?”
But the strangest — and most exciting — email I’ve received lately was from none other than Ankh-hap, the Museum Mummy.
You’ve probably run into Ankh-hap in his corner home in the basement, tucked underneath a set of stairs. He’s so far been the star of our meager Egyptian offerings, but all that’s about to change — and he got wind of it.
Here’s what the ruling Museum Mummy had to say:
Before I could even get back to him with an honest neighborhood pedi recommendation, there was more:
It was clear that Ankh-Hap had heard about the new Hall of Ancient Egypt, and I had to craft the perfect tactful response. The correspondence that’s followed has been nothing short of enchanting. Check back here on Mondays this month for more Mummy Mail!