Length: 161.000 cm (max.)
Henry Salt Collection
Room 62-63: Egyptian mummies
Mummy of Cleopatra from Thebes
From Qurna, Thebes,
Roman period, early 2nd century AD
A young woman of 17
An inscription on her coffin states that this Cleopatra was the daughter of an important official at Thebes at the time of the Emperor Trajan (reigned AD 98-117). She died some 150 years after her famous namesake, Cleopatra VII.
The slightly messy
bandaging of the mummy is secured by several tighter bandages on
It is not possible to determine the cause of death from the X-ray evidence. Death during childhood was very common in ancient Egypt, as in all ancient societies. The lack of immunization against childhood diseases and lack of antibiotics and other modern medicines meant that many illnesses were incurable; the cuts and grazes from everyday activities could easily become life threatening.
W.R. Dawson and P.H.K. Gray, Catalogue of Egyptian antiquit (London, 1968)