Mummy of Kharushere

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

The mummified body of a man named Kharushere still includes the original linen wrappings. He held the office of Doorkeeper of the House of Amun. His parents were named Bes and Tanetheretib. CT scans of Kharushere’s mummy, taken in 1997, show the body of an adult male with his arms extended on his sides. One can also see that an object is situated underneath the wrappings, in the center of the chest, slightly to the proper left side of the body. From its shape and position, this piece can be identified as a heart scarab.

The outer layer of Kharushere's mummy consists of a large sheet. It is held in place by straps, which were made of individual linen bandages that were folded lengthwise. The mummified, wrapped body was originally inserted into a closely fitting cartonnage (86.1.34) through a seam at the back, which was later tied together; then the cartonnage and the mummy were enclosed within a set of coffins (86.1.31–.33).

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