This is the coffin of Tjentmutengebtiu, otherwise known as Tamutin or Tamut.

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

She was between twenty-five and forty years old, and was a priestess in the great temple at Karnak.

The painted face on a coffin is a very idealized portrait. It often bears little resemblance to what the person actually looked like.

Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia have imagined what Tamutin actually looked like, based on measurements of her skull!

Studies of Tamutin’s mummy have shown fatty buildup in her arteries, probably from eating too much goose and drinking too much Egyptian beer. She may have died of a heart attack or a stroke, brought on by her rich diet.

3D scan inside the cartonnage

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