DOA – The Daughter of Amun

Date
2021 — 2026

The DOA project aims at studying and conserving the human remains and the painted cartonnage case of Ta-sherit-en-Imen (Amun’s little one). The mummy dates to the Third Intermediate Period (1069-664 BC) and was brought to the shores of Lago Majore by the Swiss collector Zaccaria Zanoli at the end of

Project short description

The mummy dates to the Third Intermediate Period (1069-664 BC) and was brought to the shores of Lago Majore by the Swiss collector Zaccaria Zanoli at the end of the 19th century. It was exhibited together with the Zanoli collection at the Palazzo Communale of Brissago from 1916 to the 1960s. After more than a hundred years of non-controlled exhibition and storage, the mummy and its cartonnage case are in dire need of conservation.

Project aims

The complete study of the human remains will not only help to identify the age and medical history of Ta-sherit-en-Imen, but will also give valuable information on the embalming techniques that were used.

In order to devise adapted conservation measures all materials present (human remains, textiles, cartonnage, polychrome layers) need to be identified and characterized.

Adapted conservation measures will allow the preservation of all materials and bring back dignity to the body that was prepared for eternity approximately 2800 years ago.

At the end of the project, Ta-sherit-en-Imen will be placed back into her cartonnage case and integrated into the new permanent exhibition of the Kulturama of Zurich.

DOA projet

Fundings

Project leader

Valentin Boissonnas

Partners

  • Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-Restauration
    The DOA project is coordinated by conservator and lecturer in conservation Valentin Boissonnas. At the HE-Arc, MA dissertation topics will be developed around the analysis and conservation of the mummy and its cartonnage case.
  • Kulturama
    The remains of Ta-sherit-en-Imen have been donated by the municipality of Brissago to the Kulturama in Zurich (https://www.kulturama.ch/en/). The museum assumes its long term preservation and a dignified and informed display. The museum will present the results of the project in a temporary exhibition that will open in Brissago and later be presented in Zurich.
  • Hochschule der Künste Bern – Konservierung-Restaurierung
    Conservator and lecturer in conservation Dr. Karolina Soppa will supervise the characterization and conservation the painted cartonnage case and its textiles. Lecturer and conservator Agnieszka Woś Jucker, from the Abegg Stiftung Riggisberg, will be involved with the characterization and conservation of the textile remains
  • Swiss Coffin Project
    Study and interpretation of the cartonnage inscriptions will be performed by the Egyptologist Alexandra Küffer. She is co-founder and head of the Swiss Coffin Project.
  • Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Egypt
    The DOA project is supported by the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt. The project includes an exchange of expertise between Egyptian and Swiss conservators and the Haute Ecole Arc will be giving continous education workshops in Cairo.

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