| Sherit- "Little One" |
|Age||4-5 years old|
|Date(s)||Died approx. 2000 years ago|
|Location||Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium|
Sherit, meaning "little one" in ancient Egyptian, is the name given to a mummy of a young child who died approximately 2000 years ago. She was housed in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California from the 1930s until 2005. It is in 2005 that W. Paul Brown and other researchers and scientists at Stanford University were able to produce 3D images of Sherit. In this way, she could be studied without ever having her ancient remains touched by modern human hands.
Sherit appeared to be approximately 4-5 years old at the time of her death. She had black curls, a receding chin, a smile that would need braces if she had lived to the age of 12 and an angular face. Her body was wrapped in fine linen and covered in round earrings, an amulet, cartonnage and a Roman-Period necklace which all lead researchers to believe she lived a wealthy life. As well, she was found in a gold face mask which could mean she was a part of a royal family. She walked up to the day of her death, which was a quick death. Her body appeared to be in tact when she died, until it was crushed after to be placed into smaller cartonnage, meaning she likely died of an intestinal or parasitic infection like dysentery that was prevalent during the time of her life.
Her body remains were found with musky perfume poured over her and also had what appeared as black tar around her face and her neck. These were found to be frankincense and myrrh, bathed in moringa oil.
After 75 years of remaining at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium in San Jose, Sherit was carefully moved to Stanford University Hospital on May 6th 2005 to have over 60 000 images taken of her in one day to produce the 3D printing of her remains. The imaging performed on Sherit is said to be the future of medical imaging.