Computerised Tomography (CT) Scans of a Mummified Male Head from the Ptolemaic Period

Karin Sowada, Janet Davey

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Abstract

A mummified head of a man, NMR.32, was donated to the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney in 1860 by scholar-traveller Sir Charles Nicholson. Little was known about the head until it was radiocarbon dated to 204–49 cal BC. This date was confirmed by recent macroscopic examination and computerised tomography (CT) scans, which revealed further detail about the mummification technique. Of particular interest is the presence of moulded objects applied to the head and eyes, likely made of gilded beeswax. The high level of preservation and care taken in the mummification process attests to the social status of the individual and quality of the embalmer’s art in the Ptolemaic era.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationFestschrift for ....
EditorsMiroslav Barta, Salima Ikram
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCharles University in Prague
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Nov 2017

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Head
Tomography
Museums
Art
Ptolemaic Period
Mummification
Computerized Tomography
Beeswax
Radiocarbon
Social Status
Ptolemaic
Travellers
beeswax

Keywords

  • Egypt
  • Egyptian mummies
  • CT - Computerized tomography
  • Ptolemaic Period
  • Egyptian rituals

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Sowada, K., & Davey, J. (Accepted/In press). Computerised Tomography (CT) Scans of a Mummified Male Head from the Ptolemaic Period. In M. Barta, & S. Ikram (Eds.), Festschrift for .... Prague: Charles University in Prague.
Sowada, Karin ; Davey, Janet. / Computerised Tomography (CT) Scans of a Mummified Male Head from the Ptolemaic Period. Festschrift for ..... editor / Miroslav Barta ; Salima Ikram. Prague : Charles University in Prague, 2017.
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