To keep your mummy looking its best you have to dust and polish it regularly, or at least once ever two and a half millennia. That’s the case for this mummy which resides at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
A conservator trained in restoring ancient artifacts removed him from his coffin Friday and began using cotton swabs dabbed in saliva to wipe away salt deposits from his face. The salt has been slowly seeping out of his tissue, a result of the mummification process. Experts are also expected to do minor repair and stabilization work on his coffin.
The mummy and his coffin will then be moved to a special horizontal case in which they will lie next to each other in the Ether Dome, a surgical amphitheater where William T. G. Morton demonstrated the first public surgery using anesthetic on October 16, 1846.
I’d like to know why the lady used saliva to clean old Padihershef? Is saliva good for hings like this, enzymes do the work for you? Was that just what she had handy, she didn’t want to get a glass of water? How many times did she stick that swab all covered in mummy back in her mouth? If she did is she gonna turn into a mummy or a zombie? I think I’ll be avoiding that hospital, of course I avoid all hospitals on principal.
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