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Mummy with Foot Deformity
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age Unknown
Sex Female
Status Noble
Height
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 1550-1295 BCE
Site Tomb of Priest Psalmist
Current Location
Location Egyptian museum in El-Tharir – Egypt
Catalog # Hall No. 17, coffin No. 4213

The noble female mummy with the foot deformity was found in an Egyptian tomb. She was dated to be from the New Kingdom-18th dynasty from 1550-1295 BCE. Her mummification well preserved her body and a significant foot deformity was observed after she was found.

Mummification

This mummy's remains were very well preserved.
Poliomummy
Her remains were traditionally mummified using the New Kingdom mummification techniques for nobles and placed in a well decorated sarcophagus. The mummy was unwrapped after she was found for study and display.

The mummy was discovered in the tomb of the priest Senajem.

Studies

The mummy was scanned using a CT unit to observe her foot deformity. 2-Dimensional images were also created to better study her deformity. It was observed that her right leg was shorter than her left and that there were multiple deformities in the bones in her right foot.

Pathology

After close examination of this mummy, it was concluded that she suffered from Poliomyelitis. The deformities in her foot were caused by long-term paralysis as a result from her Polio. Polio was known to affect ancient Egyptians as its side effects can be seen depicted in their paintings and carvings.

Additional

It can be concluded that she had a royal position based on her excellent preservation and mummification, she however remains nameless.

References

Zaki, M. E., & FATMA ABDALLAH ABD EL-FATTAH AND MOUSTAFA ATTIA MOHIE. (2017, July 06). Examination of ancient Egyptian mummy with foot deformity from the new kingdom period. Retrieved from https://www.jotsrr.org/articles/examination-of-ancient-egyptian-mummy-with-foot-deformity-from-the-new-kingdom-period.html#5

Mummification in Ancient Egypt: A Timeline. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mummytombs.com/egypt/mummy.methods.html

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