Ram Mummy card

Ram Mummy


On display


This mummy is in the shape of animal, possibly a lamb, lying down with the legs folded under the body and the head held upright. The bandaging is in a plaited pattern of alternating strips of plain and dyed linen. X-rays and CT scans show this miniature ram-shaped mummy is mainly constructed from wooden sticks and small bones, likely belonging to a sheep foetus. The ram was sacred to the creator god Khnumn and mummified at Mendes and Elephantine. The mummy was first X-rayed in the museum's conservation centre on 14 August 2008 and showed a small bundle of bones inside. Then 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. Compare with three similar mummies in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (AMM 16e; BA 217; BA 218). Raven and Taconis, 'Egyptian Mummies' (Turnhout, 2005) pp. 268-270