The Joseon Dynasty Mummy (handbag mummy) is the corpse of a Korean woman, thought to be the wife of a highly-important government official during the Joseon Dynasty (ruling from 1392 and 1910). She was discovered buried in a wooden coffin, along with her valuable possessions including her handbag, ornaments and finest clothing.
She was buried in a wooden coffin, signifying that she was a woman of importance and a member of the upper class of the era. The mummification process was not deliberate and occurred naturally due to the method of burial used. The dead were placed in a hoegyeok (tomb) and buried in a double-sided coffin which was then covered in a layer of a mixture made from limestone. This process prevented the body from making contact with water or air.