Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Maiherpri
Age Early 20's
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Height 5 feet, 4.75 inches
Culture Nubian
Date(s) (18th Dynasty)
Site The Valley of Kings
Current Location
Location Cairo Museum
Catalog # Unknown
The tomb was located by Victor Loret in 1899. It was unearthed between the tomb of Amenhotep II (KV35) and Bay (KV13). Maiherpri died at a young age, approximately his early twenties, the reason still remains unknown. Due to the location of his burial, as well as the treasures found within his tomb, Maiherpri is assumed to have been an important figure during the 18th dynasty.


The mummy was discovered in two anthropoid coffins and with the outer wooden shrine.

Maiherpri's mummy in sarcophagus

The researchers also discovered a third anthropoid coffin, which was unused. There is evidence that thieves had removed part of the linen bandages on his legs, however his cartonnage mask had been left untouched along with multiple pieces of jewelry. The mummy itself had been well-kept, except for the skin missing from the bottom of his feet.


Researchers concluded that Maiherpri was a Nubian.

Maiherpr’ means “The Lion of the Battlefield.” Researchers read his titles as “Child of the nursery” and “Fan-bearer on the Right Side of the King.” Suggesting that he was a very important person on the court, but it is still uncertain exactly who he was. There is speculation that the first title signified that he grew up in the royal nursery as a prince of a vassal territory, or perhaps the son of a lesser wife or concubine of the pharaoh.


Maiherpri's burial site was located next to a ruler, the father of Thutmose IV. Researchers believe that future discoveries, as well as DNA tests will assist in determining who Maiherpri is.


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