X-ray of Neshkons' Mummy (Part of the Merrin Sarcophagus)
Mummy (and Sarcophagus) of Neshkons
Origin: Ancient Egypt (Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXI)
Dated: c. 900–940 BCE
A recent examination by cephalometric x-ray determined that Neshkons was in his early 20s at the time of his death, based on the presence of arthritis in his bones. The lack of any obvious trauma suggests that he most probably died from an infection.
During mummification, Neshkons' internal organs were removed, separately embalmed and replaced inside the body in wrapped bundles together with amulets. A metal plate was placed over the incision through which the organs were removed.
Mummy acquired and sold together with the sarcophagus by Samuel Merrin and Moshe Bronstein of the Merrin Gallery.