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Mummy of Nesmin

Ancient Egypt

Mummy of Nesmin

Ancient Egypt
  • Date: c.200 - c.30 BC
  • Style: Ptolemaic
  • Theme: Sarcophagi
  • Genre: portrait, symbolic painting
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Inside this mummy is the body of Nesmin, whose name means “The One Who Belongs to (the god) Min.” He was a priest for Min in Akhmim, and from the inscription on his coffin we know that his father Djedhor was a priest as well, and that his mother Tadiaset was a musician for Min. CT scans have shown that Nesmin suffered from arthritis and died as a middle-aged man. They also revealed that thirty-one amulets are still within the wrappings. In addition to a wedjat eye on his forehead, he has an amulet representing the god Thoth on each wrist, and two strings with symmetrically arranged amulets on his torso.

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Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886

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