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Mummy: The Inside Story
Nesperennub's wooden coffin
Nesperennub was alive around 800 BC and died aged approximately forty years, possibly due to illness. His body was discovered by local diggers at Luxor (the site of ancient Thebes) in the 1890s. The exact location of Nesperennub's tomb is unknown but the excellent preservation of his coffins indicates that it was probably among the 'tombs of the nobles'. These were already five, six or seven centuries old by the time he died, but burials there are generally better preserved than the newer tombs along the edge of the Nile floodplain.
outer coffin is simple in design, with a painted face, wig and
collar and a line of hieroglyphs identifying the occupant. The
reddish colouring of the background associates the deceased with
the sun god
Other members of Nesperennub's family were probably buried with him, including his father Ankhefenkhons (whose coffin is also in the British Museum) and his wife Neskhonspakhered. Nesperennub's mummy and its cases were sent to England by ship in 1899, having been bought by E.A. Wallis Budge on one of his regular visits to Egypt to collect antiquities for the British Museum.