looked at a corner and found two very interesting mummies.
A lady lay beside her husband, her head turned towards
her husband in an expression of love and affection.
It seems that her husband died before his wife. She
must have asked the family to bury her near him where
she could look at him forever.
were artifacts scattered everywhere near the mummies,
such as statues of women in mourning. They are posed
raising their hands up in the air, in the same manner
as is done after the death of a person. We also found
earrings, bracelets with different amulets, and many
different style of pottery, including food trays and
wine jars. We also found many Ptolemaic coins, the most
interesting of which is a coin depicting Cleopatra VII.
I gave directions on the cleaning, photography, and
conservation of all the mummies.
moved to square No 2 and met with Mahmoud Afifi, my
assistant. We started the cleaning of cartonage on the
chest. I asked Afifi to continue the excavations and
clear the other mummies in this square. I took the brush
and cleaned each space in the mummy; then began the
written description of this mummy.
is a mummy of a man, completely wrapped in linen with
a waistcoat covered with cartonage. Both the mask and
waistcoat are covered with a thin layer of gold. The
face is long and seems to depict a fifty-year-old man.
The crown includes a fillet worn across the forehead.
It is decorated and inlaid with many different colours
such as blue, dark red and turquoise. On the right and
left sides of the crown are scenes of plants and also
depictions of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys who protect
the deceased with their wings.
waistcoat decoration is moulded in bas relief. The decoration
is organized in three distinct sections. The central
section, beginning from the chin, is separated from
the other sections, flanking it with two inlaid with
colours such as turquoise, dark red and blue in a design
that recalls the crown.
linear decoration of the central section begins at the
top with a horizontal line coloured blue and red. The
band is beautifully inlaid with small squares decorated
with a lotus flower and a fine geometrical scene of
three rectangular pieces, possibly representing precious
this decorative band the first register presents a winged
human figure that could represented the Ba (soul) of
the deceased. Others believed that it represents the
goddess Nut (the goddess of the Sky). Within the second
register are two children of Horus, Imesty and Dewa-Mautef.
As we know in the pharaonic period, Imesty is connected
with Isis while Dewa-Mautef is connected with the goddess
small circles decorated a band separating the children
of Horus from the next register, which depicts a seated
bird figure. This bird may represent the Ka as leaving
the body. Below the bird is a series of Triangles creating
a decorative band.
bordering the mummy's left side is divided into four
registers. The first scene at the top shows one of the
children of Horus, Hapy, with Nephthys. Imesty follows
in the second register. The third register shows Hapy
and Imesty as standing figures. The last register contains
a recumbent Anubis holding the key to the cemetery.