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The life and death of Mummy Brown


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Mummy Brown was a remarkable pigment that had its origins in ancient Egypt and became popular in European painting from about the sixteenth century. To many people’s surprise, shock, or even disgust, it was exactly what its name implied – a rich brown pigment made primarily from the flesh of mummies. 

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Welcome.  Mummies had many uses.

Medical  acceptance  and   useMummy, or “mumia”, was typically the ground-up body, or body parts, applied topically to be rubbed on, or mixed into drinks to swallow. Its medical benefits were proclaimed in standard pharmacopoeia and extensively promoted by physicians, apothecaries and barber-surgeons [18]. By the 16th and 17th centuries it had become one of the most common drugs found in the apothecaries’ shops of Europe [19].

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