The burial of Hornedjitef, a priest of the Egyptian god Amun

Hornedjitef was a priest in the Temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Ptolemy III (246-222 BC). His many religious titles show that he was a wealthy and powerful man. The exact location of his tomb on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes is not known but it is likely to have been a reused tomb in the Asasif region.

Hornedjitef's high status is reflected in his elaborate funerary equipment, which is typical of a high-ranking dignitary of Thebes in the third century BC. The components of the group, its inscriptions and decoration are purely Egyptian and include the coffins and mummy of Hornedjitef, several papyri, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figure and hypocephalus.

CT scans of the mummy show that Hornedjitef was a mature man at his death. There were signs of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, indicating that he might have reached an advanced age. X-rays show that his internal organs were wrapped and returned to his body as was the practice of the third century BC. Hornedjitef's canopic chest, now in the Leiden Museum, consists of four compartments containing broken pottery wrapped in linen.

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