Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Metropolitan's Mummy of Prince Amenemhat

In the excavation season of 1918-1919, the Metropolitan's excavations south of Deir El Bahri revealed a small coffin containing the well-wrapped mummy of a prince of the early eighteenth dynasty named Amenemhat. A pectoral on the mummies chest shows Amenhotep I smiting the king's enemies, this suggests Amenhotep I may have been the young child's father.

The mummy and his burial much of which is dated to the twenty-first dynasty were given through division of finds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art here are a few of the finds.

1. Photo: Ambrose Lansing, February 1919, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Period: New Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 18, early
Date: ca. 1550–1479 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Cliff Tomb (MMA 1021), inside coffin 19.3.207a, b, MMA 1918–1919
Medium: Human remains
Dimensions: h. 74.5 cm (29 5/16 in) h. without head 0.60m h. head 14.5 cm
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number: 19.3.208a–e

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