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Amunet
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Amunet
Age 24-34 years old
Sex Female
Status Priestess to Egyptian goddess Hathor
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) c. 2134-1991 BC
Site Tomb of Amunet (Deir el-Bahari)
Current Location
Location Ohio Historical Society Museum
Catalog #
Amunet

Amunet and her coffin have been part of OHS’s collection since 1925 when it was donated by Dr. J. Morton Howell, the first U.S. Ambassador to Egypt under the Warren G Harding administration. Howell obtained a coffin, but wanted a mummy to go with it. He arranged with French archaeologists working at the site of Deir el-Medina near Thebes to provid him with a mummy. therefore a mismatched coffin and mummy set resulted. Amunet was probably a priestess of the goddess Hathor.

Mummification

Amunet was mummified and stored in a shaft containing mummies belonging to high priests of the twenty-first dynasty.

Studies

The mummy of Amunet was discovered in 1891 by the French Egyptologist Eugène Grébaut.

The tattoos were located on the superior pubic region, on the mid frontal torso, and directly inferior to the right breast. There were also tattoos superior to the elbow joint, left shoulder, and thighs. The tattoos were in the form of dashes, dots, and circles. These tattoos prompted theories of “medical tattooing” for therapeutic purposes or simply tattooing for a ritualistic function.

Pathology

No indication of cause of death.

Additional

Only about 12 tattooed mummies have been found to date.

References

Angel, G. (2012, 12 10). Tattooing in Ancient Egypt Part 2: The Mummy of Amunet. Retrieved from UCL: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/researchers-in-museums/2012/12/10/tattooed-mummy-amunet/

Riggs, C. (2014). Unwrapping Ancient Egypt. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Local Egyptian Mummy Undergoes CT Scan https://pitchengine.com/pitches/90f9522c-1bf8-47ac-8588-134e9ec2f08e

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