Lady Takabuti was a married woman, "mistress of a great house" and perhaps 30 when she died. She lived near the end of the 25th dynasty of Egypt in the city of Thebes. Her father was Nespare, a priest of Amun and her mother was Tasenirit. Takabuti and her family were extremely wealthy, but few details about life are known.
MummificationA very well preserved mummy even her natural hair was present. The mummification used was the best available at the time of her death, the mummy was packed with sawdust. She was buried with a cape of faience beads. She was unwrapped on January 27, 1935. She was then re-wrapped, but her face, arm and foot were not covered.
Test results released in January 2020 indicate she was apparently murdered, stabbed in the upper back near her left shoulder and that it was the cause of her death. A previously unidentified bundle, was likely material used to pack the knife wound.
Subjected to a full body CT scan at Manchester University in 2006, researches spotted a mysterious bundle at her left shoulder, her brain appeared to have been left in place, while her heart was identified by the researchers as intact and perfectly preserved. It has been suggested that Takabuti was murdered due to knife wounds found on her body.
Hair, internal tissue, and cloth samples were all taken. Tissue samples had been corrupted by a mite infestation that grew from the sawdust packing and were inconclusive. Her hair evidence a nit. It proved to be naturally a dark auburn, that of a Caucasoid woman, had been artificially curled and coated with a moisturizer made of fat. She had a high legume and fresh water fish diet.
Takabuti had an extra tooth, 33 instead of 32, something which only occurs in 0.02% of the population and an extra vertebrae, which only occurs 2% of the population.
Her mummy was the first Egyptian mummy to be brought to Ireland. It was purchased in Thebes (Luxor) and brought to Belfast in 1834 by Thomas Greg of Ballymenoch House, Holywood, Co. Down, and she still remains popular to this day.
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The University of Manchester - Shocking truth behind Takabuti’s death revealed. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2020, from https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/shocking-truth-behind-takabutis-death-revealed/