Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Pakepu
Sex m
Status mid-level
Culture Egyptian
Current Location
Location Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
Catalog # E.2.1869
Pakepu, whose father was called Amenhotep-iu-initu and his mother was the ‘noble lady of the house’, Irty-ar, was a middle-ranking official who held the title ‘water pourer on the west of Thebes.' The role of the water pourer was to maintain the funerary cult of the deceased on behalf of their families. This included managing the deceased’s tomb and performing the funerary rites. His coffins are attributed to Thebes and on stylistic grounds dates to the Late Period, probably the end of the 25th Dynasty.


Based on the style of Pakepu’s coffin set, in addition to his title, we know that he lived in Thebes at the end of the 25th Dynasty (c. 680 – 664 BC). At this time in Egypt’s history, a family of rulers originating from the Kingdom of Kush in ancient Nubia (modern day Upper Egypt/northern Sudan) ruled the country.

Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) gifted the coffins to the Museum in 1869 following a visit to Luxor. No record of the mummy housed in Pakepu’s coffins can be traced in the Museum’s records.

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