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The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has reinstalled some of our favorite items from its collectionancient Greek, Roman and, yes, Egyptian funereal stuff in two newly remodeled galleries on the second floor.
You can kick off your Halloween or Day of the Dead by ogling the 26th dynasty anthropoid coffin of Padiusir. What a way to go!
While you're at it, you can learn something about what the UMFA curators call "economic sacrifices of preparations for the afterlife." Apparently, the Egyptians thought you can take it with you.
The new Greek and Roman gallery displays a recently conserved Apulian funerary amphora and the marble sarcophagus for a young Roman nobledude.
The UMFA, sadly, missed a bet by not having the audio tour for the "Res Mortis: Matters of Death" exhibit narrated by Vincent Price.
The UMFA is on the University of Utah campus. http://www.umfa.utah.edu