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Mummy of Irtirutja

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–250 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations 1885–86
Medium:
Human remains, linen, mummification materials, painted and gilded cartonnage
Dimensions:
L. 170 × W. 39 × D. 30 cm (66 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 11 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.53
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
This mummy contains the body of the priest Irtirutja. His mask and other cartonnage elements show repeatedly a winged scarab beetle with a sun disk, a symbol of regeneration. His elaborately decorated coffin (see 86.1.52a, b) features yet another scarab on the head, a broad collar with falcon-head terminals and various protective deities. The coffin’s inscription lists the paternal ancestors of seven earlier generations.
Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

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