Eek! Put a shroud on, mummy (Australia)

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THE last time they had the chance to offend anyone was 2700 years ago, when they were wandering around ancient Egypt.

Since then, as mummies, they have given little cause for annoyance, spending the last 120 years in a museum where countless thousands of visitors have managed to see them without becoming the least upset.

No longer, it appears.

As a result of complaints, the naked remains of Asru, a chanter at the Temple of Amun in Karnak, the partially wrapped male Khary, and a child mummy have all now been covered in shrouds, supposedly to protect their modesty.

The decision, which has prompted wholesale derision, came after Manchester Museum said it had received feedback from the public that it was insensitive to display unwrapped mummies.

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