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Ramesside Male Mummy and Coffin

  • Coffin-Trough of Tayuhenet
  • Thebes, West Bank
  • New Kingdom, Dynasty 21 (1069-945 BC)
  • Wood, plaster, pigment, 1845 x 508 x 285 mm
  • BOLMG:1930.69.1

This coffin belonged to a chantress of Amun named Tayuhenet. The chantress of Amun was an important position among priests and the fine decoration of the coffin is appropriate for someone of that rank.

The coffin is yellow as the varnish has coloured with age. Around the edges of the coffin are scenes of religious significance to aid the owner in reaching the afterlife.

These scenes include the resurrected Tayuhenet before the king of the afterlife, Osiris and before Hathor, and the ba of Tayuhenet as a human-headed bird with the goddesses Isis and Nephthys before the mummy of Tayuhenet.


  • Ramesside Mummy
  • From Thebes, West Bank
  • New Kingdom, Dynasty 19 (1295-1186 BC)
  • Human tissue, linen, 1700 x 360 x 290 mm
  • BOLMG:1930.69.2

Inside the coffin of the Chantress of Amun Tayuhenet is the body of a young man who lived around 300 years before her.

It is unclear how this body came to be in this coffin.  The coffin may have been used to rebury the mummy in a cache of mummies in ancient times.

There were several of these caches found around the time the mummy came from Egypt in the 1880s.  The most famous were caches of royal and priestly mummies found at Deir el-Bahri.

The other possibility is that the mummy was placed in the coffin in modern times to make it more interesting to Europeans in a similar manner to the mummy ‘found’ by the Prince of Wales when he visited Egypt.