Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Pa-kesh
Age 20 to 30 years old
Sex male
Status former priest and head of the pharaoh’s gatekeepers
Height 165-170 cm
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 725-525 BC
Current Location
Location Hermitage Museum
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Pa-kesh, a priest and head of the pharaoh's gatekeepers, from the late 25th or early 26th dynasty from the capital, Thebes. He was discovered in the 1860s and purchased by the Russians for the Hermitage museum.


In a press conference, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg detailed a physical examination by doctors of a mummy that has been in the possession of the museum since 1929.

Using MRI scanning technology, museum experts and medical doctors were surprised to find the remains of a  man between 165-170 cm (5'5" to 5'7"), with some joint disease but overall good dental health.

His teeth indicated a 20 to 30 year old man.


Was castrated before or after his death. According to the researchers, "There are two options, one that the person was castrated when still alive, but this was not typical for Egypt. We know about only one case of deliberate castration...The second option is that...testicles could have been removed during embalming, but this is not even a rarity, it would be something totally unique."

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