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Webensenu
Human Mummy
UnknownBoy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Webensenu
Age youth ~11
Sex M
Status royalty
Height 1.2 m
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s)
Site Tomb KV35, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt
Current Location
Location
Catalog #
Found in 1898 in a side chamber of Amenhotep II’s royal tomb (KV 35) in the Valley of the Kings with two other despoiled mummies, and a cache of nine reburied kings in the main burial chamber. 

Found in a cache that included the Younger Lady and the Elder Lady, the third mummy found in the chamber,  a young prince with a side-lock, might be Akhenaten’s older brother Thutmosis, or the more popular candidate, Prince Webensenu, a son of Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Circumstantial evidence in support of Webensenu includes canopic fragments and shabtis in his name. The mummy had been extensively damaged by ancient tomb robbers.

Identity

Unresolved. If the mummy is that of prince Webensenu, he would have been a son of Amenhotep II and a brother of Tuthmosis IV. If the Boy is Crown Prince Tuthmosis, then he was the son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye.

Studies

Sir Grafton Elliot Smith examined the mummy and in his 1912 book The Royal Mummies said; “[It] is a small boy (1 m. 242 mill.) whose general appearance is suggestive of an age of about nine or ten years: but as permanent canine teeth are present and fully grown he cannot be less than eleven years of age.”

Both of the boy’s ears had been pierced, researchers found it interesting that he had not yet been circumcised.

Tomb robbers had made a large gash in the left side of the boy’s neck and thorax. Otherwise, the mummy was fairly well preserved.

Although the identity has never been confirmed, the long standing presumption is that the mummy is that of Webensenu.

External Links

http://members.tripod.com/anubis4_2000/mummypages2/UnidentifiedandMissing.htm#The%20Mummy%20on%20the%20Boat

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