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Model Miniature Mummies
Major Resources

  • Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
  • Brommer, Gerald. Discovering Art History. 3rd edition. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1997.
    Good for students grades 7-12; Chapter 5 includes a description of the mummification process.
  • Budge, E.A.W. The Mummy: Funeral Rites and Customs in Ancient Egypt. London: Studio Editions, 1995.
    A reference book for the teacher.
  • Der Manuelian, P. Ancient Egypt: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1997.
    Good visuals. Pp. 54-57 describes mummification and coffins.

  • Dowswell, P. and K. Tomlins. The Egyptian Echo. London:Usborne, 1996.
    See p. 32 for comparison of Tut 1 and Tut 2; useful for students to select descriptive symbols for their mummy cases.

  • Hart, George. Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1990.
    Pictures of mummy cases and text about preparation of tomb and body for the afterlife.

  • Nicholson, R. and C. Watts. Journey into Civilization: Ancient Egypt. New York: Chelsea House, 1994.
    See pp. 12-13 for mummification text and a terrific image of a mummy case.

  • Schwartz, D. and R. Fazzini, Eds. The Art of Ancient Egypt: A Portfolio: Masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum. New York: New York Press, 1996.
    24 high quality 8 1/2" x 11" color posters with a booklet.

  • Smith, A.G. Nested Egyptian Punch Out Mummy Cases. Toronto: General Publishing, 1996.
    Good visuals of mummy case details.

  • Usborne. Make This Model: Egyptian Mummy. London: Usborne, 1994.
    Printed on heavy, coated paper stock, this model contains exemplary details.

  • Wassynger, R.A. Ancient Egypt: Background Information, Activities, Projects, Literature Links, and Poster. New York: Scholastic, 1996.
    Especially useful to social studies teachers for enhancing a unit on Egypt. P. 68 has line drawing of mummy case.

There are several self-hardening modeling materials on the market. I used product called Air Dry Knead-O Paper-based Modeling Compound, from a local source:

Pacific Connection Corporation
Farmington Hills, MI
Phone: 248 778 2010

Advantages of paper clay modeling material:

  • air dries with no firing in a kiln or oven
  • easy to manipulate and retains fine details
  • more economical than other self-hardening materials
  • very fragile if too thin (as brittle as a potato chip!); for this project plastic box/armature MUST be covered with layer at least 1/4 inch thick
  • additive parts such as arms, heads must be glued in place as one piece of paper clay will not stick to another
  • too much water used to smooth material will make it slimy
The kids love the 60-inch tall inflatable mummy I purchased for my classroom manufactured by:
On the Wall Productions
St. Louis, MO
800 788 4044

from the collection of the DIASlides
Available from:

Universal Color Slide Company
8450 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34238-2936
Telephone: 800 326 1367

Used in this lesson were:

Slide 5031 Sarcophagus of Artemidorus
Slide 501S Cover of the Coffin of Tutankhamen

I also used slides and photographs available from the, the website for the DIA Visual Resources Department

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