Senenenre Tao Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Seqenenre Tao
Age approximately a few years
Sex Male
Status Mummified Pharaoh
Height unknown
Culture Culture
Date(s) 1600 BCE- 1501 BCE
Site Royal Mummies Hall at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Current Location
Location Egypt
Catalog #


Tao II is said to have died during the war with the Hyksos and was killed by getting stabbed behind the ear. Then his nose and cheek were also smashed with a mace and then was smacked above the right eye with an axe. It was studied that some of the injuries were already healing before he had died. It was also suggested that he was killed in his sleep.


The mummy of Segenenre was discovered in the Deir el- Bahri cache in 1881. Taos mummy was seemed to be hastily embalmed. X-rays showed that there was no attempt to remove the brain or to add linen inside the cranium or eyes. His mummy was poorly preserved out of all royal mummies. They noted that a "foul, oily smell filled the room the moment the case in which his body was exhibited was opened", which is likely due to the poor embalming process and the absence of the use of absorbing natron salts, leaving some bodily fluids in the mummy at the time of burial.


It was found that Seqenenre did not die to any diseases or sickness, but was killed due to his injuries when found.

Additional InfoEdit

He was a Pharaoh for a short period of time but in that time he is known to have had built a new palace. This palace was made of mud brick at Deer el- Ballas. A building near was found that most likely was a military observation post. Here, a large amount of pottery known as Kerma- ware was found. This meant there was a great number of Kerma Nubians that were in the resident at the site. It was assumed that they were there as allies of the pharaoh in his wars against the Hyksos.

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