Sherit "Little One"
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Sherit
Age 4-5 years old
Sex Female
Status Wealthy
Height unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Died approx. 2000 years ago
Current Location
Location Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium
Catalog # None
Sherit, meaning "little one" in ancient Egyptian, is the name given to a mummy of a young child who died approximately 2,000 years ago. She was housed in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California from the 1930s until 2005. It is in 2005 that W. Paul Brown and other researchers and scientists at Stanford University were able to produce 3D images of Sherit.


Sherit appeared to be approximately 4-5 years old at the time of her death. She had black curls, a receding chin, and an angular face. Her body was wrapped in fine linen and covered round earrings, an amulet, cartonnage and a Roman-Period necklace which all lead researchers to believe she lived a wealthy life.As well, she was found in a gold face mask which could mean she was a part of a noble family.
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The mummy was a girl who died sometime between the ages of 4 and 6 during the Roman period. Scans indicated she had a healthy skeleton and no signs of trauma or chronic illness, leading to the conclusion that she died of a parasitic or intestinal disease or an infection, such as meningitis or dysentery.


Her remains were found with musky perfume poured over her and also had what appeared as black tar around her face and her neck. These were found to be frankincense and myrrh, bathed in moringa oil.


After 75 years of remaining at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium in San Jose, Sherit was carefully moved to Stanford University Hospital on May 6th 2005 to have over 6,000 images taken of her in one day to produce the 3D printing of her remains. The imaging performed on Sherit is said to be the future of medical imaging.

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