Sat. Dec 4th, 2021
Mummy Mask of Tjuyu

Tjuyu or Thuya, was an ancient Egyptian noblewoman who was “Chief of the Harem of Amun and Min” at Akhmim, the capital city of the 9th Nome of Upper Egypt, the mother of Queen Tiye and great grandmother of King Tutankhamun.

The mummy of Lady Tjuyu, placed in three anthropoid coffins, one inside the other, has a beautiful gilded and inlaid cartonnage mask. This mask, which was supposed to preserve the features of Tjuyu, aimed to help the soul recognize its wrapped corpse to facilitate resurrection.

New Kingdom, late 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391-1353 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 95254

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