The Smiling Mummy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) The Smiling Mummy
Age 22
Sex Female
Status Aristocrat
Height 5 Feet
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Fifth Dynasty (2465 B.C to 2323 B.C)
Site Giza
Current Location
Location Egypt
Catalog # Unknown

The Smiling Mummy is a young aristocratic women, believed to be in her early 20's, best known for her iconic smile with a full set of teeth. She resided in Egypt and was known to be a member of a noble family which is exemplified by the vast amounts of jewelry she was buried with.


The Smiling Mummy was mummified and buried in a shallow pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Khufu. She was buried with a bronze crown covered with gold leaf on her head and jewelry around her neck. Nearby there was jewelry, pottery, wooden items, a piece of glass, flint, obsidian, a clove of garlic and more than a dozen teeth. It is believed that the wood and garlic were placed in the grave to ward off insects.


Discovered in 1989. Dated as 4,400 years old, one of the earliest ever found in Egypt.

She was about 22 years old when she died and stood five feet tall, Hassan said. He said the body dates from the Fifth Dynasty, which lasted from 2465 B.C. to 2323 B.C.

Researchers have identified the owner of the complex in which the tomb was found as Sankh Ptah, but his positionand his relation with the mummy remain mysteries.


When found, the body of The Smiling Mummy was so dry that she had to be wrapped up in a layer of foam for protection and her head had to be bound to prevent further damages.

External Links


P, A. (1989, March 18). 4,400-Year-Old Mummy Unearthed, Smiling. Retrieved November 20, 2017, from

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