But there is one preserved bird in the Hyde Park museum that is simply stunning. Resting amid a larger exhibition comprising mostly artistic representations of birds, it’s a mummified eagle, stripped of its swaddling, laid out on its back in a display case.
It won’t make the splash that King Tut’s remains have made, of course, and it’s not even the centerpiece of the show it’s in. But its presence, at once desiccated and regal, timeless and powerfully ancient, is remarkable nonetheless.
It’s a perfect example of why Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, a University of Chicago doctoral candidate in Egyptology, thought birds were worthy not just of her scholarship but also of an exhibit at the school’s museum devoted to early civilization.
“Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt” derives from the observation by guest curator Bailleul-LeSuer, a bird enthusiast even before she chose her academic path, that the more she looked into ancient Egypt, “the more I realized birds were everywhere.” “ -via Chicago Tribune.
‘Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt‘
When: Through July 28
Where: Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St.; 773-702-9520 and oi.uchicago.edu
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Gidwitz Hall of Birds
Where: Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; 312-992-9410 orfieldmuseum.org
Tickets: Included in admission, $15 adults.