Roger L. Simon

Don't Miss the Mummies (if you're in Southern California)

god_osiris.jpgWhen I was kid, nothing fascinated me more than the mock Eyptian tombs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, so I was easy to convince yesterday when Sheryl suggested we take Madeleine to see the Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. In all my years in Southern California, I had never been to the Bowers. Neither disappointed. The exhibition (on loan from the British Museum) was well displayed and I actually learned more about mummification than I ever did browsing around larger institutions. (I’m getting older-this may prove useful.) But no one was more interested than Madeleine. What is it about Isis and Osiris that so rivets our attention?