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Temple Singer
Human Mummy
Templesinger
Biographical Information
Name(s) Temple Singer
Age 35 - 49
Sex Female
Status Priestess
Height 152 cm
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, around 800 BC
Site
Current Location
Location 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Catalog #


There are no records of this woman's  life, but due to the inscription on her cartonnage she can be identified as a priestess. She lived in Thebes circa 800 BC, and likely worked at the temple of Karnak. Further analysis of her cartonnage tells us she was a Singer of the Interior of Amun, an important office in the temple.


Studies

Using computer aided tomography (CT) scans, it can be seen that she was likely between 35 and 49 years old at the time of her death, she suffered from several dental problems and one of her front teeth is missing. Her short hair suggests that she might have worn a wig in public.

Temple singers were often portrayed as young women adorned with very fragile, exquisite jewelry. Adding foundation to this was finding amulets inside this women's abdomen, as well as a few small metal pellets scattered across the top of her body. These pellets were likely made of gold.


References

The Mummies. (n.d.). Retrieved February 01, 2017, from https://maas.museum/event/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives/meet-the-mummies/

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