DOA – Daughter of Amun
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Analysis of the human remains will be performed by the team of Dr. Frank Rühli who is in charge of the Paleopathology and Mummy Studies Group at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University of Zurich.
- Carbon 14 dating of the different organic remains (human and textile) will be performed by Dr. Irena Hajdas from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.
- 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.
- 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.
- Office fédéral de la culture, Service transfert des biens culturel : www.bak.admin.ch/patrimoine-culturel/transfert-des-biens-culturel.html
- Fondation Ernst Göhner : www.ersnt-goehner-stiftung.ch