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Mummy of Ankhef. Aged 45 or upwards, this man suffered from osteo-arthritis of the spine and the left hip. The absence of lines of arrested growth suggests a healthy childhood. All soft tissues have vanished and the disorganization of the skeleton is due to the disappearance of the ligaments, capsules, etc.
Skull, Thorax, Spinal Column, and Abdomen - These are completely disorganized. The lower jaw has been dislocated and is almost edentulous. One of the bones of the skull is in the region of the left iliac fossa. All the ribs are dislocated but not fractured. Many of the vertebrae appear to be missing but two lumbar vertebrae are still articulated. These show evidence of osteo-arthritis with gross lipping. Many loose teeth with worn caps lie amongst the bones. No evidence of viscera, packing material, or amulets. Complete dislocation of the sacrum and pubic symphysis. Well-marked osteo-arthritic changes involve the left hip. No fractures seen.
Arms - Extended, dislocated at the shoulder and elbow joints. Hands, with extended fingers, in pubic region. No fractures seen.
Legs - The bones appear healthy and are free from fractures and lines of arrested growth. Both ankles are dislocated and the right os calcis is lying free at the foot end of the coffin.
The mummy, lying in a deep, rectangular wooden coffin with painted gesso including hieroglyphic text, is wrapped in fine cloth, and the head and thorax are covered by a painted cartonnage mask and breast plate. A wooden headrest is placed by the side of the head.
Length: 183 centimetres (coffin)
Length: 170 centimetres (mummy)
- Curator's comments
47570 are the bow and arrows from on top of the coffin.
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 268
P. Nicholson and I. Shaw, 'Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology' (Cambridge, 2000), p. 345.
- On display (G63/dc8)
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- Egypt and Sudan
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