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shabti / pectoral / mummy-wrapping / mummy-mask / finger-ring / coffin / cartonnage / bracelet / human mummy

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA6665

  • Description

    Mummy of an old woman named Katebet, once a Chantress of Amun in Karnak, in linen wrappings, with a painted cartonnage mummy-mask with gilded face and attached wooden arms bearing jewellery. Two studs of calcite are placed through the wig into the ears. She has two cartonnage pectorals, and a painted stone (?) shabti on the legs. She also has a collection of many lengths of plaited dark-brown human hair. This mummy was found in the wooden anthropoid coffin of Katebet, which has painted detail on plaster.
    Skull - Almost edentulous. No obvious fractures.
    Thorax and Abdomen - Apparently empty. the 1st and 2nd left ribs have been dislocated but not fractured, and are lying in the region of the lower left thoracic zone. The 11th and 12th ribs on both sides are dislocated but not fractured. The sternum has been detached, its manubrium lying in the region of the right flank, and its body in the region of the left lower thoracic zone. The spinal column shows well-marked arthritic changes. There is an upper dorsal scoliosis, convexity to the right. Apart from some diastasis of the pubic symphysis, the pelvis and hips appear normal.
    Arms - Extended. Hands with extended fingers in the pubic area. On the left ring-finger is a ring with a rectangular bezel.
    Legs - No fractures, dislocations, or lines of arrested growth.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1330BC-1250BC (coffin)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 165 centimetres (mummy)
    • Length: 28 centimetres (each plait of hair)
    • Height: 43 centimetres (max: hair piece)
    • Width: 30 centimetres (max: hair piece)
    • Depth: 2 centimetres (max: hair piece)
    • Weight: 762 grammes (hair piece)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        coffin
      • Inscription Comment

        Painted.
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography:
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford, 1964), p.827.

  • Bibliography

    • Dawson & Gray 1968 52 & 145 bibliographic details
    • Andrews 1990 79 (coffin) bibliographic details
    • Taylor 2010 no. 47 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G63/dc8

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1835

  • Acquisition notes

    Lot 150 at sale.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA6665

  • Registration number

    .6665

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6665 (Birch Slip Number)
Mummy of an old woman named Katebet, once a Chantress of Amun in Karnak, in linen wrappings, with a  painted cartonnage mummy-mask with gilded face and attached wooden arms bearing jewellery. Two studs of calcite are placed through the wig into the ears. She has two cartonnage pectorals, and a painted stone (?) shabti on the legs. She also has a collection of many lengths of plaited dark-brown human hair. This mummy was found in the wooden anthropoid coffin of Katebet, which has painted detail on plaster.    Skull - Almost edentulous. No obvious fractures.    Thorax and Abdomen - Apparently empty. the 1st and 2nd left ribs have been dislocated but not fractured, and are lying in the region of the lower left thoracic zone. The 11th and 12th ribs on both sides are dislocated but not fractured. The sternum has been detached, its manubrium lying in the region of the right flank, and its body in the region of the left lower thoracic zone. The spinal column shows well-marked arthritic changes. There is an upper dorsal scoliosis, convexity to the right. Apart from some diastasis of the pubic symphysis, the pelvis and hips appear normal.    Arms - Extended. Hands with extended fingers in the pubic area. On the left ring-finger is a ring with a rectangular bezel.    Legs - No fractures, dislocations, or lines of arrested growth.

Mummy of an old woman named Katebet, once a Chantress of Amun in Karnak, in linen wrappings, with a painted cartonnage mummy-mask with gilded face and attached wooden arms bearing jewellery. Two studs of calcite are placed through the wig into the ears. She has two cartonnage pectorals, and a painted stone (?) shabti on the legs. She also has a collection of many lengths of plaited dark-brown human hair. This mummy was found in the wooden anthropoid coffin of Katebet, which has painted detail on plaster. Skull - Almost edentulous. No obvious fractures. Thorax and Abdomen - Apparently empty. the 1st and 2nd left ribs have been dislocated but not fractured, and are lying in the region of the lower left thoracic zone. The 11th and 12th ribs on both sides are dislocated but not fractured. The sternum has been detached, its manubrium lying in the region of the right flank, and its body in the region of the left lower thoracic zone. The spinal column shows well-marked arthritic changes. There is an upper dorsal scoliosis, convexity to the right. Apart from some diastasis of the pubic symphysis, the pelvis and hips appear normal. Arms - Extended. Hands with extended fingers in the pubic area. On the left ring-finger is a ring with a rectangular bezel. Legs - No fractures, dislocations, or lines of arrested growth.

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