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Mummy Mystery

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Egypt, Mummy of Lady Teshat in Cartonnage (detail), 1085–710 B.C., cartonnage of painted linen; polychromed pine coffin, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, Gallery 236

Lady Teshat died at about age 15. In 1975, the museum X-rayed the mummy and discovered a curious fact: a skull had been placed between her legs. Its placement might have occurred thanks to a mix-up at the embalmer’s or the slovenliness of grave robbers. A CAT scan later revealed the skull was that of a grown man.

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