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I wonder how much a decent mummy cost back then…or now.
What are you going to use it for a door stop?
From the vendor’s pose I assume the sales are dead.
From what I can recall reading, at one time there were lots of mummies untombed in Egypt for commercial exploitation. Many of them just became fuel for fireplaces and the like.
This is an amazing photograph! Also note the Alladin’s Lamp, on the ground near the mummies.
If you click on the photo and zoom in you will see the inscription "Bonfils 83." on the bottom mummy’s leg. So I think this photo actually was taken in 1883 by the French photographer Felix Bonfils (1831-1885) who began his career in the Middle East in 1867 and, within four years, had taken over 15,000 photos, which he sold as the family business. His son Adrien took over the business when Felix died in 1885.
"The Genius of Felix Bonfils"