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Oriental Institute mummy featured in the Chicago Tribune

The Oriental Institute is featuring an exhibition titled “The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt.” The 5-foot-5 inch mummy tells the story of an individual with a unique past. The Chicago Tribune quotes Emily Teeter, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute and curator of the exhibition, who explains:

“A lot of women have jobs today, so we saw this as an opportunity to make the parallels of working women today and Meresamun’s life in ancient Egypt,” said curator Emily Teeter. “Meresamun is perfect because she is a real person, not just an abstraction.”

The mummy will be at the Oriental Institute until December 6. Read more at the Chicago Tribune and at the University’s press release.

Update: More articles on the mummy from the University of Chicago Magazine and the Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times.

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