Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum.
Is this female?
Without an inscription we can't be sure. Though women were often depicted as yellow or white, the gold skin here is actually meant to recreate the skin of the gods. Deceased individuals of either gender wished to be associated with the gods and to join the gods in the realm of the afterlife.
Who’s this lady?
She could be one of several different deities, including Mut and Nut. Her arms are stretched out in a gesture of protection.
Is there anything written on these panels?
There is no inscription to identify this individual, so we don't know who they were or if they were male or female. The series of dots on the lower part of the inscription are where a name would be filled in. Pieces of cartonnages like this were mass produced for the market during the Ptolemaic period!
Cartonnages are made of linen or papyrus mixed with plaster, in a manner very similar to papier mache. A cartonnage would be placed inside a larger sacrophagi.
The iconography on this cartonnage can also be seen on several others in our collection. The face is painted gold with gold leaf, a reference to the skin of the gods.