Romano Egyptian Boy
Human Mummy
courtesy The British Museum
Biographical Information
Name(s) unknown
Age 7-10
Sex male
Status high
Height 85 cm
Culture Romano-Egyptian
Date(s) 230-250 CE
Site unknown
Current Location
Location The British Museum
Catalog # EA6715

Acquired by the museum in 1835 through purchase from Sotheby's Auction House. The mummy is wrapped in a shroud on which is depicted a boy wearing a tunic, mantle and slippers, and holding a spring of myrtle. A wreath of rosebuds is worn on the head. The child was around the age of 7 to 10 years at the time of


The incisions on the torso and head area showcases that all internal organs were removed. Wrapped in a linen shroud bearing tempera representation of the deceased in Graeco-Roman costume, wearing white sandals and holding a bunch of laurel leaves in his left hand, right hand raised, hair painted red with white spots, the meaning of the four black marks on the forehead is unknown. Contained in a painted wooden coffin, consisting of a flat base-board, with a raised edge, which is decorated with a painted representation of Nut, on a white ground; the convex lid is decorated with a painted representation of a snake and a floral garland on a white ground with red edges and sides.


Mummy of a male child, aged 7 - 10 years, the ribs, spinal column, pelvis, and hips are normal. No fractures or dislocations. The intervertebral discs, especially the lumbar, are partially opaque. The whole of the body surface shows a flecked appearance, probably due particles of sand in the resinous covering. Bones appear normal. No lines of arrested growth.

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