The cartonnage mask when it was rediscovered in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002. It was found amongst a crate of materials that had been sent to the museum in 1888 by one of Petrie’s sponsors, intended not for display but as a resource for studying ancient materials and technology.
The mask was given to the Petrie Museum and, in 2009, a project to study and conserve it began. You can see that the mouth area in particular was very badly damaged and much consideration was given to how it should look. With this interactive, we wanted to give visitors an idea of the challenges that we faced in coming to a decision about the final appearance of the head cover and also to explore how different facial expressions can change how we engage with objects and our own concepts of what is attractive or appealing.
At Petrie Museum we are pioneering new ways of using 3D technology in many areas. 3DFlora is the new computer application featuring a 3D reconstruction of the Mummy head cover. Visitors will be invited to express their choice on what Flora’s mouth should look like by choosing the four options available in 3DFlora.