Mummy of a young man
Mummy of a young man, Ptolemaic ot Roman period, after 305 BC, from Thebes.
Radiography suggests that the age of the man was about 21. The brain was extracted via the nose, and the viscera through a large incision in the abdomen. The chest cavity contains cloth and elongated packages that may be clay dummies. Before wrapping the embalmer carefully modelled the facial features using resin-soaked linen, and filled out the limbs with granular material to create a lifelike appearance. The facial features were painted on the wrappings, and the crown of the head left exposed so that the natural hair should remain visible. The limbs were wrapped separately and the fingers and toes individually bandaged. The feet were wrapped to imitate sandals. Finely patterned wrapping was applied to the forearms, and the body adorned with a belt, armlets and straps.
British Museum, London, 2017