Human Mummy
Lady pesed
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lady Pesed
Age 55-70
Sex Female
Status Dead
Height N/A
Culture Ancient Egyptian
Date(s) 300 B.C
Current Location
Location Westminster College (PA)
Catalog #


  • Pesed, a 2,300-year-old mummy, is believed to be the mummy of Lady Pesed, daughter of Nes-hor (prophet of the eight gods associated with Min). The mummy was excavated from the city of Akhmim, about 235 miles south of Cairo. Originally thought to have been a teenager at the time of her death, scientific evidence indicates Pesed lived to an age of 55-70.[1]
  • The Mummy of Pesed is currently residing in the McGill Library at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
  • People say prayers, and written on the side of Pesed's coffin in our exhibition is the basic prayer for the dead, which is 'may you have bread and beer and cattle and fowl,' basically 'may you continue to have the things you need to sustain you while you're in the tomb and the afterlife.'[2]


They would basically remove the lungs, the liver, the stomach and the intestines, and in certain time periods they would mummify them separately and place them in special jars that would be buried with them. The other thing is that they didn't seem to think the brain was necessary for the afterlife, so basically they would remove the brain through the nose.

It took up to 300 meters to wrap the mummy. Wrapping is a very complicated process that could take up to two weeks. It's all part of a religious experience, so they would say prayers and do other things while they were wrapping. It was an incredibly intricate process, especially in later periods. [2]



Additional Info Edit

The mummy was purchased for $8 and shipped to the U.S. for $5 in 1885. The mummy's first trip off campus was to Greenville in Feb. 1886. She spent two weeks as part of the Citizen's Hose Company Exposition. Legend has it that Pesed enjoyed an active social life during her early days at Westminster and would appear in coed's beds during the early 1900s. The underside of the mummy case lid has graffiti in the form of student names scratched into the wood. The earliest dated 1899.

The mummy was professionally restored by Joan Gardner of the Carnegie Museum, thanks to the fundraising effort of Susan Grandy Graff, a 1985 Westminster graduate who tackled the project during her undergraduate years. Pesed, and over 100 other ancient Egytian artifacts from the Westminster College Cultural Artifacts Collection, were part of the 2001 "Egypt: Untold Journeys" exhibit at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg.[1]

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References Edit

[1] WestMinster.(n.d).Galleries and Artifacts. Retrieved from <>

[2] Ratuski, A. (2013,Oct 28). Manitoba Museum mummy keeps visitors rapt. CBC News. Retrieved from <>

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