Mummy Ahmose Henuttamehu Smith
Biographical Information
Name(s) Ahmose-Henuttamehu
Sex Female
Status Queen consort of Egypt, Great Royal Wife
Date(s) Officially discovered in 1881
Current Location
Location Egyptian Museum in Cairo
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Ahmose-Henuttamehu was a princess in the late 17th to early 18th dynasties in Egypt. She was the daughter of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao and eventually married Pharaoh Ahmose I. She held the titles of King's Wife, Great King's Wife, King's Daughter and King's Sister. It is suspected that her husband was also her half brother because of her title of King's Sister and King's Wife.


Henuttamehu was wrapped in large amounts of linen which had been soaked with resin, however, this made it difficult to unwrap thus most of the original, hardened linen still remains. Her hands were placed in front of her thighs and her nose had been filled with plugs of linen. Resin saturated linen pads were used to fill her body cavity in place of her organs. When she was discovered in 1881, quotes from the Book of the Dead were written on her bandages

Her face sustained severe damage at one point due to thieves chopping through the bandages in search of valuable objects. Parts of the nose and cheeks are completely missing.

Her original burial date is unknown, however Henuttamehu was an old woman when she died. Her mummy shows strands of a wig interwoven with her own hair to hide her baldness and was also dyed a bright red at the sides using henna. Her teeth showed signs of abscess and were well worn. She was most likely buried with her mother, Ahmose Inhapi. Her mummy was taken to DB320.

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