Mummified Seated Baboon

This sad-looking young baboon is seated with its knees drawn up to its chest, and its tail curving around the right side of its body. The monkey appears to have been mummified through an enlarged cut in the anal area rather than evisceration through enema; radiographs show that a series of large packets that appear to contain soil were inserted into the animal’s torso to help hold its original shape. Traces of resin, natron, and exterior bandages are still visible on the animal.

Mummified Seated Baboon
Mummified Seated Baboon

Excavated by Mr. Theodore M. Davis in 1906 from Tomb (KV51) near the Tomb of Amenhotep II (KV35), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 38747; CG 29837

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