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Egyptian Gallery: Mummies and Assyrian Bull
The east end of the Egyptian gallery is dominated by a 40 ton sculpture of a winged bull from northern Assyria. The bull, called a lamassu, was so large that it had to be inserted through the wall as the museum gallery was being built in 1930. It was excavated by the Oriental Institute at Khorsabad, Iraq and it dates to about 705 B.C. Some of the museum's collection of ancient Egyptian mummies are near the bull. To the right is the brightly-colored cartonnage (like papier mâché) coffin of Meresamun, a singer in the temple of Amun, which dates to about 900 B.C. To the left is the mummy and coffin of a man named Petosiris, who died in about 600 B.C. One of the treasures of the museum is the inlaid stone panel from the tomb of Nefermaat at Medium. It dates to about 2600 B.C.
Revised: June 18, 2010