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Unknown Woman B
Tetisheri
Unknown Woman B

Mummy of Unknown Woman B (Smith 1912).

Dynasty late 17th or early 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Tao IIAhmose II (?)
Titles Unknown
Burial TT320 (reburial)

Unknown Woman B is the informal name given to a mummy discovered within the royal cache at Deir el-Bahari.

Description of the mummy[]

Unknown Woman B was the body of an elderly, balding lady with white hair. Her natural hair had been interwoven together with hair from a wig. The embalming techniques are similar to those used on Queen Ahmose-Nefertari and the Royal Wet Nurse Rai, which suggests that she may have died towards the beginning of the Eighteenth Dynasty.[1] This technique involves removal of the brain, removal of the four internal organs as well as the lungs and then washing, drying, coating them with resin, and then wrapping them up with linen. The body would also be coated in resin, dried with natron and then filled with resin-soaked bandages to maintain the shape of the body and prevent insects from settling in.[1]

Identification[]

Unknown Woman B Head

Mummyhead of Unknown Woman B (Smith 1912).

Unknown Woman B has been identified by some scholars as possibly belonging to Queen Tetisheri. Evidence in favor of this identification is the late Seventeenth / early Eighteenth Dynasty style of mummification. More persuasive evidence was proposed by Daressy and Murray who both noted that bandages, which were associated in some fashion with this mummy, had been inscribed with the name of Tetisheri.[2]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Smith 1912.
  2. Daressy 1909, p. 26.

Bibliography[]

  • Daressy, G., 1909: Cercueils des cachettes royales. Cairo.
  • Smith, G.E., 1912: The Royal Mummies: Catalogue Général des Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musée de Caire. Duckworth Egyptology, Bath (Reprinted year 2000 version).
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