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Mummy of an adult woman, chantress of Amun, named Tayesmutengebtiu, also called Tamutin, in painted cartonnage casing with a gilded face. She was previously known as Tjentmutengebtiu.
Skull - Mouth slightly open, all teeth apparently present, showing advanced dental attrition. Artificial eyes inserted in the orbits. No obvious fractures. Cervical spine appears intact. Under the chin, in front of the neck, there is a metal amulet in the form of a kneeling goddess with wings.
Thorax and Abdomen - Filled with bundles of linen and packing material, and the usual four parcels of viscera with wax figurines in the shape of the Sons of Horus. Over the sternum there is a pectoral of metal in the form of a falcon with outstretched wings. In the left axilla is a metallic plaque, incised with a standing deity, with a bead. A small heart-scarab lies beneath the pectoral; over the flank-incision is two rectangular plates of metal, incised with an eye of Horus. In the right axilla is a bead. Over the umbilicus is a metallic rectangular strip. The lateral view shows that the amulets, scarab, and pectoral lie either on the skin surface or on the very innermost bandages. There is another metallic plate in the shape of a vulture. There is evidence of subcutaneous packing. The 6th, 7th, and 8th right ribs have been fractured in their posterior third, and an incisor tooth lies opposite the body of the 4th dorsal vertebra; there is also a fracture of the right superior ramus of the pubis. Cluster of small amulets on the abdomen, probably linked by a thread, including a djed-pillar, an wedjat-eye and a tit-girdle. She also wears stola and pendants, very close to the skin.
Arms - Extended. Hands with extended fingers over the pubic area.
Legs - Across the dorsum of both feet lies, head downwards, a metallic pectoral, in the form of a winged scarabaeus holding the sun's disc between its front legs and a smaller disc between its hind legs. Apart from lines of arrested growth at the lower ends of the tibiae, the bones and joints of the legs appear normal.
Nails of fingers and toes are covered with thin rectangular sheets of metal.
Height: 33 centimetres
Width: 173 centimetres
Depth: 45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford, 1964), p.828;
The British Museum, 'Guide to the First, Second and Third Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1924), p. 84, pl. XIII.
J.H. Taylor & D. Antoine, Ancient lives, new discoveries, London 2014, pp. 68-91.
R. Loynes, Prepared for eternity. Archaeopress Egyptology 9, 2015, passim.
D. Antoine and M. Vandenbeusch, Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives, Sydney 2016, pp. 54-81.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014-15 22 May to 19 April, London, British Museum, 'Ancient Lives, New Discoveries'
2016-2017 10 Oct-30 Apr, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Ancient Lives
2017 16 Jun-18 Oct, Hong Kong Science Museum, Ancient Lives
2017-2018 14 Nov-20 Feb, Taiwan, National Palace Museum, Ancient Lives
2018 16 Mar-22 Jul, Brisbane, Queensland Museum of Art, Ancient Lives
2019-2020 14 Sept- 28 Jun, Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Ancient Lives EXTENDED DUE TO COVID19
2020-2021, 19 Sept - 21 Mar, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Ancient Lives
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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