Recently, a 2400-year-old mummy was removed from its box in a Jaipur museum after 130 years of staying in. Reportedly, the heavy rains in the Pink City on August 14 had flooded the streets everywhere.
Jaipur, which is facing the worst floods in decades, is quite inundated in rain water these days. It has been reported that rainwater entered the basement of the Albert Hall Museum, where the said mummy and other artefacts were kept. While the rain water managed to destroy the old files, antiques etc, the museum authorities quickly broke the glass box of the mummy to save it from getting destroyed. The decision to unbox the mummy was taken after spells of heavy rain in Jaipur, which is normally a dry city. The rainwater has managed to enter the Albert Hall Museum where the Mummy was kept.
Reportedly, the mummy belongs to an Egyptian lady called Tutu, and it was found in Panopolis, an old Egyptian city. It was brought from Cairo to Rajasthan in the year 1883. It is believed to be dating back to the year 322-30 BC. The Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur was made during the British regime in India. It is one of the worthy places to visit in the city for the reason it houses artefacts from all over the world. There are Indian sculptures, carpets, texts, textiles etc. kept on display in this museum. Ideally, one can explore all of it in an hour or two.
Had there been a delay of even a few minutes, this mummy which was brought from Egypt to Rajasthan more than a century ago would have been destroyed forever. Therefore, it’s glass cover was smashed and the mummy was put in a safe place.In April 2017, the mummy was shifted to the basement of the Albert Hall in Jaipur and all related details of its history, birth-death relationship, the method of making mummy and X-ray of this mummy were presented to the people here.
Even the Archaeological Department head office was flooded with water, department files were drenched. The officials, since the last four days, have been trying to dry these files by spreading them in open spaces.The tourist’s entry has been closed for seven days, said Prakash Chandra Sharma, Director, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan.
He said, “All files were drenched due to water rising up to five feet in the office. Office laptops, printers, computers and stationery have become unusable and non-functional. Hundreds of soaked files are being dried and tourist entry is closed for seven days. If conditions do not improve, it can be extended further.”
- Shakarpara Recipe - February 3, 2021
- Takht is not shelved: Karan Johar - February 3, 2021
- Uttarakhand all set to host Tehri Lake Festival on February 16 – 17 - February 3, 2021