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Mummy of Tayuheret (Smith 1912).

Dynasty 21st Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Smendes I
Titles Chief of the Harem of Amun-Re
Spouse(s) Masaharta
Issue Isetemakhbit, Tawadjetre
Burial TT320 (reburial)

Tayuheret (ancient Egyptian: tꜣy.w-ḥr.t) was an ancient Egyptian noble woman of the Twenty-first Dynasty during the Third Intermediate Period.


Tayuheret held the prominent position of Chief of the Harem of Amun-Re, which indicates that her husband was a High Priest of Amun, probably Masaharta. Isetemakhbit is thought to have been their daughter. Another possible daughter is a Chantress of Amun named Tawadjetre, as she is attested as a daughter of Tayuheret.[1]


The location of Tayuheret's original tomb remains unknown. Her reburied mummy was discovered in the royal cache at Deir el-Bahari in 1981.


Tayuheret Mummy

Mummyhead of Tayuheret (Smith 1912).

Tayuheret's mummy has the inventory number CG 61091. Grafton Elliot Smith examined the mummy in 1909 and discovered that the resin used to fashion this carapace had been mixed with sawdust, an ingredient Smith had not previously seen employed in this fashion. He removed enough of this hardened linen to expose the face, but had to leave most of it in place to avoid damaging the mummy. Smith noted that Tayuheret's cheeks had been packed in order to flesh them out.[2] She has a nose guard fashioned from wax to prevent the distortion caused by wrapping. Wax was also used to fill the space between her lips. Her right eye has a wax plate in front of it, the left eye has an artificial stone eye in it. Tayuheret's white hair indicates that she lived a long life and died as an elderly woman.

Tayuheret was found in a double coffin set which had been usurped from a chantress of Amen named Hatet (CG 61032). The gilded hands and faces of both coffins were missing, and the inner coffin had been further damaged. The head and feet of her coffin-board were missing. Reeves notes only that some broken shabti boxes remained of Tayuheret's other funerary equipment. However, numerous shabtis inscribed for Tayuheret exist in private collections and museums. Many of these shabtis were presumably stolen by the Abd el-Rassul's and sold on the antiquities market.[2]


  1. SR VII 11496.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "XXI'st Dynasty Gallery I". The Theban Royal Mummy Project, William Max Miller.


  • Smith, G.E., 1912: The Royal Mummies: Catalogue Général des Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musée de Caire. Duckworth Egyptology, Bath (Reprinted year 2000 version).