Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Henut-Wedjebu
Sex f
Status high
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1550–1295 BC
Current Location
Location Kemper Art Museum at Washington University
Catalog # WU 2292
Her tomb was discovered in 1896 in Sheikh abd el Qurna by Georges Daressy. Henut-Wedjebu was "Mistress of the House and Songstress of Amun" in the temple of Amun in Karnak. She was found in the tomb of her husband, Hatiay, the "Scribe and Granary-Overseer of the Mansion of Aten."


CT scans indicated she was mummified with a halo of glass-looking beads, perhaps her hair was decorated or she wore a headdress. She had a slender face and high cheekbones.

Henut-Wedjebu was mummified during a rare period of ancient Egyptian history when brains were left in.


CT scans showed a skull fracture, if the injury happened before death, it would have been traumatic. Calcification in the lymph nodes and scarring in the lungs’ lining were also discovered and could be another possible cause of death.

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