Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Shepenmehyt
Age 25-40
Sex Female
Status High ranking
Height Unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 600 B.C.
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Unknown
Catalog #


Shepenmehyt is an Egyptian mummy who died about 2,700 years ago. She is one of the mummies owned by the British Museum in London. Her coffin indicated that she was a woman who played a musical instrument, the sistrum, at rituals in the temple of Amun-Re. She also was likely of higher rank (Lafee, 2005).



The scans of Shepenmehyt confirm many of the previous findings about mummification processes in ancient Egypt. For example, a hole in a bone above the nose confirms the suspicions of how the brain was removed.(Lafee,S.). Her coffin has a checkerboard pattern around the edge. Many of the characteristics are typical of 25th Dynasty coffins of the Besenmut family. (Pischikova, 2005)


Photo Courtesy of Suhaimi Abdullah, Getty Images




Picture courtesy of The British Museum


She is one of the mummies who has been viewed by CT, or computed tomography, scans. Her body was lifted out of her coffin, however the new technologies and quality of the CT scan allowed a much better image than ever possible, while maintaining the wrappings around the body. (Lafee, 2005)

External LinksEdit


Lafee, S. (2005). Mummy Clearest. Retrieved from

Pischikova, E., Budka, J. (2014). Thebes in the First Millennium BC. Retrieved from:

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