Mummy of Khnumhotep with mask and broad collar

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112

This mummified body is still in the original linen wrappings and belongs to a man named Khnumhotep, who was an estate manager or steward during life. He bears a faience collar on his chest and a gold funerary mask on his head. The gold face mask, uraeus, and straight beard identify the deceased as a divine king. Through the mummy’s attributes and the coffin’s décor (see 12.182.131a, b), Khnumhotep’s body is transformed into an avatar of Osiris, king of the afterlife and god of resurrection.

Mummy of Khnumhotep with mask and broad collar, Human remains, linen, mummification material, painted and gilded cartonnage, ebony, obsidian, travertine (Egyptian alabaster), faience

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Mummy of Khnumhotep inside his coffin.