Asru was an elite lady of the 25th-26th Dynasty Thebes, her name meaning "her arm against them". Her mother has been identified as 'Lady of the House' Ta-di-amun, meaning "She who Amun" has given, and her father as Pa-Kush, meaning "a document scribe of the southern region". Asru does not have any known titles aside from 'Lady of the House' which merely refers to a married woman, but some believe she was also a temple singer.


Recent CT scans have confirmed that Asru died between age 50-60. Although her neck showed signs of arthritis thought to be caused by bearing a heavy weight over extensive periods of time, her hands and feet showed no evidence of her engagement in large amounts of physical labour, which suggests that the load she carried over her head was simply part of a cultural practice. In examining her remains, it has also been discovered that she suffered parasitic infestations, which were a likely cause of her death. Asru's brain had been removed, which was common among Egyptian mummies, but unlike most others whose brains were removed through the nose, Asru's brain had been extracted through her eye sockets. This is evident because her ethmoid bone is still intact. Tests also showed that Asru suffered from a hydatid cyst on her lungs, a fractured vertebra, a slipped disk, and calcification of her bladder wall.

Asru's mummy and coffin are both displayed at the Manchester Museum after being donated in 1825 by William and Robert Garnett.


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