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Death in Ancient Egypt

Mummy case

Height: 171.000 cm

EA 21810

Mummy case

From: Hawara, Egypt
Date: Roman Period, around AD 100-120

This young man was called Artemidorus. He lived in Egypt when it was part of the Roman Empire. His mummy shows a mixture of Egyptian and Roman ideas about how the dead should be buried. His body was mummified and placed in a wooden coffin. The coffin was painted red and decorated with gold. As was the fashion at the time, Artemidorus’ portrait was placed on the top of the coffin. Artemidorus’ mummy case has never been opened but CAT scans can show us what’s inside. The scans show that he was probably between 18 and 20 years old when he died,and that he had injuries to his head, which may have been the cause of his death.

The gold decorations on the mummy case are Egyptian funeral scenes. Can you find the jackal-headed god Anubis and the mummy on a lion-headed bed?