Mummy of Ankhesenaset

M14000

On display

Ankh-es-en-aset’s parents chose a name for her that means ‘she lives for Isis’ in the hope the goddess would protect her. Ankh-es-en-aset’s father was a priest called Djed-khonsu-ef-ankh and his mummy and coffins are today in the British Museum. Like other women from high status families Ankh-es-en-aset became a Chantress of Amun who provided musical accompaniment for the daily rituals in the great temple of Karnak. Her mummy is encased within a cartonnage mummy case of glued linen and plaster, laced shut at the back. Hot scented oil was poured over the coffin, perhaps as part of the funeral rituals. It has now darkened and hides much of the brightly painted decoration. X-rays and CT scans revealed that Ankh-es-en-aset’s internal organs were removed then wrapped in linen and returned to the body. Her brain has been removed and the skull was packed loosely with linen. Artificial eyes of stone or ceramic have been placed over her eye sockets which had been stuffed with linen. The gilded face of her cartonnage coffin was damaged in 1941 during the wartime bombing of Liverpool. A cover placed at the foot end of the coffin is now missing.