Barnum Mummy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 28-32
Sex f
Status common
Date(s) Middle Kingdom(?) 4,000 yo
Current Location
Location Barnum Museum of Science and History
Catalog # 1894.1.1 A-C

In 1894, Nancy Fish Barnum, widow of P. T. Barum, acquired this mummy in Egypt and presented it with a coffin to the Bridgeport Scientific Society and Fairfield County Historical Society. The mummy and the coffin had been put together for sale by the antiquities dealer and did not belong together. The coffin once belonged to a man named Pa-ib, while the mummy is that of a woman of approximately thirty years.


The mummy was publicly unwrapped in August 1894, during which the audience remarked on the "thousands of yards of linen bandages."

In 2006 and 2010 Ct, x-ray, and fluoroscopic scans were made as well as endoscopic explorations. The mummy's heart is missing.

She suffered from a variety of dental problems, which may have caused her death. She didn't do a lot of heavy manual labor, and she probably gave birth at some point.

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