My two fave consecutive sentences in today's New York Times: "These mummies were purchased by the Mannheim museum in 1917 from heirs of the artist Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), whose collection of mummies and skulls must have been related to his fascination with parapsychology, hypnosis, somnambulism and spiritualism. His paintings combine kitsch spirituality, a fascination with the primitive and a preoccupation with his large family of pet monkeys." (One of von Max's monkey paintings is shown below.) For the whole article, "click" here. CAUTION: scary mummy pictures!