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SmallCorp builds mummy case

GREENFIELD — When Massachusetts General Hospital decided it wanted a case to display the 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy that has been a resident there since 1823, it chose SmallCorp on Butternut Street to build it.

“We’ve worked with the hospital in the past and were asked to bid on the project,” said Wendy Sawyer, the company’s sales manager.

Sawyer said SmallCorp, which builds museum-quality display cases and picture frames, had to build a case that would address concerns about humidity, off-gassing and light.

The mummy came out of his coffin last week for a cleaning and restoration and when that was done, Padihershef and his sarcophagus went into the SmallCorp case, side by side.

According to the hospital, Padihershef was a 40-year-old stonecutter in the necropolis in Thebes, an ancient city on the west bank of the Nile, in what is today’s Luxor.

“Every department of our company had a hand in this,” said Sawyer, who said SmallCorp employs 30 people.

She said everything from the acrylic cover and wood pedestal to assembly and shipping was done in the Interstate 91 Industrial Park.

“We were very excited to see the story about the mummy in last Saturday’s paper,” said Sawyer.

An Associated Press story ran on the front page of The Recorder on June 8.

SmallCorp only sells wholesale. Sawyer said the company works with conservators, designers, architects, fine framers, colleges and universities, museums, galleries and hospitals to design and build exhibit cases and frames.

SmallCorp was founded in 1972 by Van and Molly Wood. It moved to the industrial park in 1993.

The mummy has been on display at Mass. General since it received him as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823, as a medical oddity. He was one of the first complete mummies brought to the United States.

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