Dummy Mummy


About this object

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 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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - AD 200 about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    20th Century early
  • Measurements
    470 mm x 110 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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