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XVII'th
Dynasty

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XVIII'th
Dynasty

Gallery I

Gallery II
Including the mummy identified as Queen Hatshepsut.

Gallery III
Including the mummy identified as Queen Tiye.

 Gallery IV
Featuring the controversial KV 55 mummy. Now with a revised reconstruction of ancient events in this perplexing tomb.

Gallery V
Featuring the mummies of Tutankhamen and his children. Still in preparation.


XIX'th
Dynasty

Gallery I 
Now including the
mummy identified as
Ramesses I.


XX'th
Dynasty

Gallery I


XXI'st
Dynasty

Gallery I

Gallery II

21'st Dynasty Coffins from DB320
  Examine the coffins
of 21'st Dynasty Theban Rulers.


  Unidentified  Mummies

Gallery I
Including the mummy identified as Tutankhamen's mother.



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Inhapi's Tomb

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Biographical Data about William Max Miller
 


Special Exhibits

The Treasures of Yuya and Tuyu
  View the funerary equipment of Queen Tiye's parents.

 Tomb Raiders of KV 46
How thorough were the robbers who plundered the tomb of Yuya and Tuyu? How many times was the tomb robbed, and what were the thieves after? This study of post interment activity in KV 46 provides some answers.
 

Special KV 55 Section
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Follow the trail of the missing treasures from mysterious KV 55.

KV 55's Lost Objects: Where Are They Today?

The KV 55 Coffin Basin and Gold Foil Sheets


KV 55 Gold Foil at the Metropolitan

Mystery of the Missing Mummy Bands

KV 35 Revisited
See rare photographic plates of a great discovery from Daressy's Fouilles de la Vallee des Rois.

Unknown Man E  
Was he really
buried alive?

The Tomb of Maihirpre
Learn about Victor Loret's important discovery of this nearly intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Special Section:
Tomb Robbers!
Who were the real tomb raiders? What beliefs motivated their actions? A new perspective on the ancient practice of tomb robbing.

Special Section:
Spend a Night
with the Royal Mummies

Read Pierre Loti's eerie account of his nocturnal visit to the Egyptian Museum's Hall of Mummies.

Special Section:
An Audience With Amenophis II
Journey once more with Pierre Loti as he explores the shadowy  chambers of KV 35 in the early 1900's.


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Background Image:  Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler (Berlin: 1849-1859.)

 

 

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The Coffins of Masaharta

    Masaharta's mummy was discovered in his original coffins. The outer coffin is almost intact and only one of its gilded hands (the right) is missing. The colored photo of the portrait mask below (from CESRAS) shows a small hole at the chin where a royal beard may once have been attached. Unlike the relatively intact outer coffin, the inner coffin and coffin board had sustained more serious damage. The portrait masks and both sets of hands had been stolen from them, and, based on this theft, Reeves concludes that DB320 was not Masaharta's original place of burial. An identical pattern of damage may be seen on the coffins of Maatkare-Mutemhet, Neskhons and Isiemkheb-D. Typically, when inner coffin damage like this is observed, the perpetrators are most likely to have been members of the burial team, who had concealed their pilfering of valuable inner coffin elements within a pristine looking outer coffin. The outer coffin's missing right hand might not necessarily have been stolen but could have become accidentally detached due to rough handling when the coffins and mummy of Masaharta had been moved from their original burial place into DB 320. The gilded hands of 21'st Dynasty "Yellow" coffins such as Masaharta's were not carved in relief on the coffin lid, but were made separately and attached to it using a technique that was employed until the 22'nd Dynasty. Rogerio Sousa suggests that this technique may have been unreliable. He observes that even non-gilded hands (which would have held no interest for thieves) are missing from many coffins of this period, and concludes that they were designed in a way that made them prone to breakage. (Source Bibliography: CCR, p, 66ff., pls, XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII; DRN, p. 213, no. 20, p. 256; FP, pp. 200-203; GCSS, 61, n. 331; MiAE, p. 329-330.) Source Abbreviation Key.


CESRAS close up of the gilded portrait mask on the outer
coffin of Masaharta.


Black and white photo of Masaharta's outer (left) and inner (right) coffin
lids from Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
Click to enlarge.



The decorations on the basin of Masaharta's outer coffin. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.
 


The decorations on the basin of Masaharta's inner coffin. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.
 

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Masaharta's coffin board. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.

 


CESRAS color detail showing recumbent Anubis motif on Masaharta's outer coffin.


The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CESRAS) maintains an extensive collection of online images available for public use on Flickr and has posted large size scans of many of the photographic plates from George Daressy's historically important 1909 work, Cercueils des cachettes royales, which are featured on this page. The above images of the coffins of Masaharta provide a valuable photographic record of these beautiful objects, currently on display at the Luxor Museum of Mummification. More close up images of the decorations on these coffins may be seen by going to the CESRAS Masaharta photostream.


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