Pseudo Mummy card

Pseudo Mummy

1973.4.148

On display

Information

This mummy is in the shape of the god Osiris, with false head, wide shoulders and feet. This shape is usually one used to contain falcons (and other raptors) but radiographs reveal it is largely empty, with only a small group of bones, too small to be identified. The ‘dummy mummy’ (sometimes called pseudo-mummies) is very well bandaged and fixed by numerous concentric windings of thin yarn. Tracey Seddon, the conservator who prepared the mummy for exhibition, noticed a very tiny feather trapped beneath a thin winding of yarn. In 2015 as part of the University of Manchester’s Animal Bio Bank Project we took the mummy to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 9th April 2015 for analysis by X-ray and CT scans. Here is an extract of the report: "Ref. AEABB674 Osirion-shaped mummy bundle displaying an extensive air void surrounding a core, consisting of fragmented skeletal remains and a granular substance. This core is placed within the central part of the bundle, elongated with linen and given a false head and feet. The wrappings appear to have been applied in stages and secured with horizontal bands. Isolation of the skeletal elements from the CT scan data was not able to confirm a positive identification due to the highly fragmented nature of the remains".