Mummy of Antjau - ROM2013_13340_1


Mummy of Antjau

Medium:Mummified human remains, linen
Geography: Western Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 664-600 BC
Period: Early 26th (Saite) Dynasty, Late Period
155.05 cm
Object number: 910.12.C
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This mummified Ancient Egyptian man was purchased in Luxor, Egypt on February 19th, 1859 and brought to Canada by the Rev. Lachlan Taylor.  After a long term residence in Victoria College in Cobourg, and later in Victoria College Toronto, he was transferred to the care of the Royal Ontario Museum, at the time a part of the University of Toronto.

Until the glyphs on his coffin were read by Winifred Needler, he was known as "The Princess," presumably because of his fine head of reddish hair. The hair is, however plentiful, not particularly long.

If he was the original inhabitant of the coffin in which he was purchased, his name is Antjau, and he was the son Ankh-hor and the nbt-pr Tjes-neith-peret, and the grandson of An-ta-nakht, whose title suggests he was a Libyan.

He had not yet had a modern CT-Scan, but was x-rayed while still in his coffin back in the early 1970s.  His spine seems not to show any arthritic changes, and there is no trauma visible.  A modern study would enable us to get to know him better.

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