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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:51 pm    Post subject: Information about Henutmehyt Reply with quote

Does anyone have some information about her? I know she was the chantress of Amun and that her coffin is in the british museum but nothing more Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing so far is that they think the mummy dates to the time of Ramses II.

There's a nice picture here:

http://eoluk.co.uk/mummies/henutmehyt_1.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's more info on the British Museum site
http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/ixbin/goto?id=OBJ6051

Interesting is:
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Henutmehyt, an Egyptian priestess

The Theban priestess Henutmehyt probably lived during the Nineteenth Dynasty (about 1295-1186 BC). The richness of her burial, and her title of 'Chantress of Amun' suggest that she was an extremely wealthy and important woman. In this, she is comparable to Anhai, who was of similar status.

Items of the burial equipment of Henutmehyt were bought by Sir Ernest Wallis Budge (1857-1934), from a well-known antiquities dealer in Luxor. Although they obviously came from an intact burial, its exact location on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes is not known. The funerary equipment of Henutmehyt includes gilded coffins, canopic jars, shabti figures and boxes, magic bricks and a finely written Book of the Dead. None of her relatives are named on any of her equipment, so nothing is known of her family. The name 'Henutmehyt' was very popular at the time that she lived, and it is not possible to identify her more specifically.

The mummy of Henutmehyt has not survived. However, a fragment of her skull remains attached to the resin on the back of her inner coffin. She had short, curly reddish hair, which was possibly dyed with henna. The contents of her canopic jars show that she was elderly when she died. Her lungs show evidence of illnesses associated with old age, including oedema (congestion) and anthracosis, a build up of carbon deposits.

J.H. Taylor, Studies in Egyptian antiquities: a tribute to T.G.H. James, British Museum Occasional Paper 123 (1999)


Often a chantress of Amun was of a high ranking family, but apparently her relatives are never buried.

It seems her tomb must have been discovered by locals and the contents sold on the (illegal) antiquities market.
Really too bad we don't know where she was buried in Thebes.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:

Often a chantress of Amun was of a high ranking family, but apparently her relatives are never buried.


Sorry about that, meant that her relatives are never mentioned
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just couldn't resist adding: "Ik hoop dat deze informatie helpt" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you + harstikke bedankt Very Happy
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