Mummy of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun

Ahmose-Meritamun was the royal daughter of Ahmose I and Ahmose-Nefertari, She was both the sister and the wife of Amenhotep I (r. ca. 1525-1504 BC).

Queen Ahmose-Meritamun’s mummy was buried in tomb (TT358) in Deir el-Bahari in two cedar wood coffins and a cartonnage outer case, which is now damaged. Cartonnage is linen or papyrus held together by glue and molded into coffins. The tomb, in antiquity, had been robbed and apparently the mummy was plundered. Nevertheless, during the 21st Dynasty, the tomb was restored and the mummy was rewrapped.

Mummy of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun
Mummy of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun

When scholars unwrapped the mummy, the queen was found to have wavy brown hair. From examination it appears that she may have died in her fifties, possibly because of scoliosis, from which she suffered in her last days. Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.

From the Tomb of Queen Ahmose-Meritamun (TT358), Deir el-Bahari, West Thebes. Now in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Cairo. CG 61052