Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Padihershef
Age 20-30 years old
Sex Male
Status Deceased
Height N/A
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 663-525 BC
Site Luxor (previously Thebes), Egypt
Current Location
Location Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Ether Dome
Catalog # N/A

Estimated to be nearly 2,500 years old, Padihershef was one of the first mummies to be brought into North America. It was given as a gift to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1823. He was thought to be a burial prospector, meaning someone who seeks out adequate burial sites, during his lifetime in his birthplace of Thebes. Medical examinations from MGH suggest that Padihershef suffered from arthritis, though little is known regarding the cause of his death.


Padihershef's body had been enrobed in textile sheets, and was found in an intricately-decorated coffin. A layer of salt developped on his face and body resulting from a build up of the preservative extracts that had been applied to the body prior to the mummification process.


An X-ray examination was first conducted on Padihershef (als known to the hospital's surgeons as "Padi") in 1931, followed by another in 1977, in means of determining further information about his life and consequently, the cause of his death. Padi's body has gone through two restortion procedures during the years of 1984 and 2002.


Other than evidence of arthritis and interrrupted growth due to illness during chilhood, the cause of Padihershef's death remains unclear - even after several analytical scans.

Additional Info

In attempts to stabilize his head, a broom handle was implanted in line with the mummy's spine by Emil Schnorr in 1984. Unfortunately, the rod had damaging effects on Padihershef's cervical spine.

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