Boston hospital cleaning 2,500-year-old mummy
BOSTON (AP) - A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy came out of his coffin on Friday to undergo cleaning and restoration at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The mummy known as Padihershef has been on display at the third oldest general hospital in the United States (US) since it received him as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823 as a medical oddity. He is one of the first complete mummies brought to the US.
A conservator trained in restoring ancient artifacts removed him from his coffin on 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 stabilisation work on his coffin.