| Ta Sheri Ankh |
|Name(s)||Ta Sheri Ankh|
|Date(s)||c. 300 BC|
|Site||Newport Museum, UK|
|Catalog #||Salford EA 7|
Ta Sheri Ankh (translates to 'The Living Child'), also known as 'The Salford Mummy', was one of the female mummies transferred to Newport Museum in 1888 by Sir George Elliot.
The Manchester Museum loaned the mummy and coffin of a Ta Sheri Ankh, one of several human remains transferred to Manchester from the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 1979. The style of the coffin closely resembles other examples from the site of Akhmim.
Ta-Sheri-Ankh's father was called ‘Iret-hor-ru’ and her mother ‘Mut-hotep’. They both held titles in the priesthood of the god Min at Akhmim. It is likely that Ta-sheri-ankh worked, like her mother, as a temple singer of Min.
X-rays carried out in the early 1980s revealed the mummy belonged to a woman in her 20s, but the label in the old ‘Afterlife’ gallery referred to her simply as ‘The Salford Mummy’. The label also claimed that she was ‘unnamed’.
Ta-sheri-ankh had been labelled with a nebulous ‘Late Period’ date. It is difficult to be precise about dating Late Period coffins from Akhmim. However, the large size of the eyes on the coffin’s gilded mask and the fact that Ta-sheri-ankh is referred to as a ‘Hathor’ seem to indicate a date of around the beginning of the Ptolemaic Period (c. 300 BC).
Further investigation of Ta-sheri-ankh’s mummy is planned.
Campbell, P. (2013). Curator's Diary 23/5/12: ‘Secret Egypt’ and Ta-sheri-ankh. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from https://egyptmanchester.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/curators-diary-23512-secret-egypt-and-sheri-ankh/