Lady Rai
Human Mummy
Mummy LadyRai Smith
Biographical Information
Name(s) Rai
Age 30s
Sex f
Status nursemaid
Culture Egyptain
Date(s) 1560 - 1530 BC
Current Location
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Lady Rai served as a nursemaid to Queen Ahmose-Nefertari during the early 18th Dynasty in ancient Egypt. The mummy was unwrapped by G. E. Smith on June 26th, 1909. Smith characterized her as "the least unlovely" of all discovered female mummies, and described her as a slim, gracefully-built woman, with small childlike hands.  


Lady Rai had been wrapped in linen when she was mummified. Her face and body were thinly coated with resin mixed with sand. An embalming incision was found on the left side of the body, the traditional position found in most mummies at this time. The incision was covered with a fusiform embalming plate again something traditionally found in mummies during the 18th Dynasty. On her right wrist a marking was found indicating that jewelry had been placed upon her during the mummification process.


In 2009 a CAT scan that Lady Rai had died in her early 30s as a result of a diseased aortic arch. She is the oldest known mummy with evidence of atherosclerosis.


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