- Museum 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.
- Production date
- 1330BC-1250BC (coffin)
Height: 43 centimetres (max: hair piece)
Height: 35.10 centimetres (shabti)
Length: 28 centimetres (each plait of hair)
Length: 165 centimetres (mummy)
Weight: 762 grammes (hair piece)
Width: 30 centimetres (max: hair piece)
Width: 10.14 centimetres (shabti)
Depth: 2 centimetres (max: hair piece)
Depth: 7.28 centimetres (shabti)
- Curator's comments
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford, 1964), p.827.
- Bibliographic references
Dawson & Gray 1968 / Catalogue of Egyptian Antqiuities in the British Museum: Mummies and Human Remains (52 & 145)
Andrews 1990 / Ancient Egyptian jewellery (79) (coffin)
Taylor 2010 / Journey through the afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (no. 47)
Fletcher, Antoine and Hill 2014 / Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum (p.105, p.107, pl.5, p.108, p.110, table 1, p.112, pl.7, p.113, pl.9)
- On display (G63/dc8)
- Exhibition history
2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 150 at sale.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.6665 (Birch Slip Number)