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Egyptian mummy relocates from Shawnee to Idabel



In 1921, a monk with an art collection purchased two mummies and other artifacts in New York City and brought it to Shawnee's St. Gregory's Abbey before making a permanent home at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.

One of the antiquities, M-G No. 2, will make a trip  to the Indian nation in Idabel, where she will reside through August on display at the Museum of the Red River as part of an exchange program between the two museums. Tutu is the other mummy.

Not much is known about the woman called M-G No. 2, except that at some point she starved, but lived.

She is from the Ptolemaic period, which began following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. She is probably about 2,300 years old. Her sarcophagus, while colorful, is less than regal by most Egyptological standards. The hieroglyphs on it are painted crudely, so an initial translation is difficult, according to officials at Shawnee's Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, where the mummy has been on display. Her wrappings are loosely woven. Her hands are not crossed over her chest, but down at her sides " thus, she was not aristocracy, they said.

Her middle-class mystery so far intact, as a soft rain fell, M-G No. 2 was carefully crated and loaded into a hearse for her trip down the Indian Nation Turnpike to Idabel. "Ben Fenwick 

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