Mummy of Thutmose IV

King Thutmose IV died young and was buried in the Valley of the Kings, later, the mummy was moved to the Deir el-Bahari Cachette (DB320) with other royal mummies. His body was rewrapped in its original bandages, with the feet broken off, but not lost.

The king was balding, his mummy was the first of that time to have pierced ears; his fingernails were manicured. The mummy’s hands were crossed on his chest, in the Osirian position.

Mummy of King Thutmose IV
Mummy of King Thutmose IV

Thutmose IV was buried in tomb (KV43) the Valley of the Kings but his body was later moved to the mummy cachette in (KV43), where it was discovered by Victor Loret in 1898. An examination of his mummy conducted by Grafton Elliot Smith revealed that he was extremely emaciated at the time of his death. His height was given as 1.646 m (5 ft 4.8 in) but considering that the feet have been broken off post-mortem, his height in life would have been taller.

The forearms are crossed over the chest, right over left. His hair, which is parted in the middle, is about 16 cm (6.3 in) long and dark reddish-brown. His ears are also pierced. Elliot Smith estimated his age to be 25–28 years or possibly older.

Mummy of King Thutmose IV
Mummy of King Thutmose IV

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose IV, ca. 1401-1391 BC. Now in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo. JE 34559