She was buried in cartonnage to long for her leading researchers to speculate that only cartonnages and coffins of standard sizes were available, and a special production would have been too expensive for her family. Or the intention was to provide the woman with an ideal height for her eternal life.
The human-shaped covering, called "cartonnage," is composed of layers of linen and plaster. Its painted decoration includes the floral wreath on the wig, a broad collar, and a winged scarab beetle. Five additional registers of decoration show the protective four sons of Horus, the sacred boat of the funerary-deity Sokar, a mummy of Osiris on a funerary bed, a divine falcon god, and a short hieroglyphic text with an offering formula.
In 2008 they performed a CT scan on the mummy. A woman between 50 and 60 years old when she died, measuring 57 3/8 inches.
She suffered from severe dental problems, including at least sixteen abscesses, and one tooth had a dental prosthesis probably made from resin. Such dental problems possibly led to septicemia and death.
She has been nicknamed Mery, meaning “the beloved” in ancient Egyptian.