Human Mummy
Henhenet sarcophagus
Biographical Information
Name(s) Henhenet
Age 21
Sex Female
Status Royal Female
Height  ?
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 2051–2030 B.C.
Site Temple of Mentuhotep II
Current Location
Location Egyptian Museum in Cairo
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Henhenet was one of six royal females who were buried in shaft tombs beneath the platform of King Mentuhotep II's temple at Deir el Bahri. She was one of the lower wives of Mentuhotep. Her sarcophagus is made of limestone slabs. The lid, which belonged originally to one of the other royal ladies, Kawit, consists of three parts. Each of these is pierced by two holes through which suspension ropes were slotted for lowering the piece into place. The inscriptions around the sarcophagus box were first painted green, then outlined in black on two sides; the third side was started but left unfinished. She was buried along five other ladies who were mostly Hathor priestesses suggesting it was a cult burial of the goddess. [1]


When found, there was still a wooden coffin inside the sarcophagus; within this was Henhenet's robbed mummy. According to Edouard Naville, the excavator, she was "lying on the cloth wrappings. Her hands and feet are small and delicately formed, her hair short and straight." [1]


The mummy was sent to Cairo in 1923. It was studied by Dr. Douglas Derry, who concluded that Henhenet had been about 21 years old when she died in childbirth. [1]


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