Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Wenuhotep
Age 685 B.C.
Sex Female
Height 5 feet, 2 inches
Culture Egyptian
Current Location
Location Art Institute of Chicago
Catalog # 1893.14

Markings on the coffin indicated that Wenuhotep was the daughter of an Egyptian priest, she lived about 685 B.C.


The mummy wore a gold mask and wrapped in linen.


In November 1967 a portable X-ray seemed to reveal Wenuhotep had been in her late teens when she died, and that she had stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighed between 125 and 135 pounds, and had a bracelet on her right wrist.

CT image of the mummy's head

In 1988, using a portable CT scanner, researched altered many of the conclusions from the earlier exam: Wenuhotep was most likely 30 to 40 years old when she died, and she stood only 5 feet 2 inches tall.


One of a large cache of mummies discovered in an ancient Egyptian burial site by archeologist Emile Brugsch in 1881.

In 2008, researchers with the Oriental Institute completed a study of the mummy and found that the mummy was at least 350 years younger than the coffin that held her, so she could not possibly be the Wenuhotep referred to on the coffin.

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