Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Hen
Sex m
Status elite
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 2,000 ya
Site Cairo
Current Location
Location Cazenovia Public Library
Catalog #
Hen, also known as the Cazenovia Mummy, arrived at Cazenovia Public Library in 1894, the gift of Robert J. Hubbard, who purchased the mummy in Cairo, Egypt while he was on tour there. It has been on display there ever since. The mummy is in a good state of preservation and dates to the late Greco-Egyptian period.



Hieroglyphics found on the mummy's sarcophagus were copied and sent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where they were translated in 1944-1945. This resulted in the discovery of the mummy's partial name: Hen.

In March 2006, the mummy underwent a CAT scan which led to the discovery of what appeared to be a cancerous tumor in his left leg. It also revealed that the rumors the mummy was a princess were patently false when it proved to be a male.

In 2017, more advanced equipment let to additional CAT scans and minimally intrusive biopsies by a radiologist who successfully extract fragments of the tumor, muscle from Hen’s right leg, and a fragment of lung. There are hopes of a DNA check for any type of mutation to identify the type of tumor on Hen’s leg.


A tumor was found on his Fibula, one of the two bones of the lower leg.

External Links


Zimmer, Melanie. Curiosities of Central New York. The History Press, 2012.

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