Beni Hasan Child
Human Mummy
image courtesy, The British Museum
Biographical Information
Name(s) unknown
Age infant
Sex undetermined
Height 73 centimetres
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 945-715 BC
Site Beni Hasan Necropolis
Current Location
Location The British Museum
Catalog # EA41603
Purchased by The British Museum in 1905 from a private collector.


Radiograph reveals the disorganized bones of an infant (sex uncertain). It is evident that the cartonnage case itself could have accommodated a larger child. Some teeth, both complete and fragmentary, and the skull and many fragments of bone are stored separately. The cartonnage mummy-case is in the form of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, wearing wig, beard and plumed sun-disc, decorated with polychrome painted funerary deities and protective falcons, with vertical register of hieroglyphs down centre of the body. The foot end of the case is now missing.


The child suffered from a rare disorder of the bone called osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.

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