Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz
Age 52
Sex male
Status knight
Height Unknown
Culture German
Date(s) (1651-1702)
Site Kampehl, Brandenburg Germany
Current Location
Location Kampehl, Brandenburg
Catalog # Unknown

Christian von Kahlbutz was born 1651 in Kampehl, in the state of Brandenburg. He was a knight and lord that was known to often use Droit du seigneur, meaning “right of the lord” to obtain sexual relations with subordinate women. He therefore had as many as 30 illegitimate children additionally to his 11 own. He died in 1702. The coffin was discovered during restorations to the church of Kampehl in 1794 and he can still be seen there on display.


The body of Kahlbutz was analyzed to determine why the body which was not embalmed and intended to be mummified did not naturally decay. Tests were conducted in the 1890s by Rudolf Virchow and Ferdinand Sauerbruch as well as Europe's largest university hospital, Charité, none of which was able to draw a firm conclusion on the mummification process. Other bodies buried in the same area where Kahlbutz was found were mostly decayed. The natural mummification was most likely due to blood loss, his body being buried in a hermetically sealed double oak coffin in combination with the lack of soil containing decay-accelerating materials.

It is generally accepted that Kahlbutz suffered from some kind of illness like cancer, muscular dystrophy or tuberculosis that caused the emaciation of the body. There is evidence that he may have suffered from the lattermost condition. According to several sources, Kahlbutz suffocated on his own blood which suggests that shortly before death he would have suffered severe blood loss. With his body drained of blood, this could also have contributed to the mummification.


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