Nehmes Bastet, was the daughter of the high priest of Amon and a temple singer during Egypt's 22nd Dynasty (approximately 945 - 712BC). According to an inscription in the tomb, it was not built for the female singer, but was re-used for her 400 years after the original burial. It was believed by archaeologists that Nehmes was a very popular singer considering she sang publicly at the Karnak Temple, an important site at the time. Furthermore, the surname “Bastet” indicates that she was under protection of the female cat goddess of the same name.
According to Mansour Boraiq, an Egyptian official in the Luxor antiquities ministry, Nehmes' tomb was remarkably well preserved. After its discovery, it was opened by Swiss and Egyptian archaeologists, who found Nehmes' mummified remains and a “cartonnage mask” which is made from layers of linen and plaster placed over the face of the deceased.
It has been assumed that Nehmes Bastet did not die of any diseases or sickness, but died of a natural death.
The discovery of Nehmes' mummy was the first time a tomb has been discovered containing a woman that wasn’t related to a royal family. It has been speculated that Theben high priests, who were independent of the Libyan kings that ruled Egypt at the time, saw Nehmes as so important that they allowed her body to be mummified and placed in the tomb of a royal family.
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