Mummy Was No Lady
“Lady Hor,” as the mummy formerly thought of as Ms. has been known, dates from 712 to 660 B.C. The body was assumed to be female because its covering was in the shape of a woman and did not have a symbolic beard attached, as is customary. A pelvic examination revealed otherwise. It is unclear why the male was buried that way. Another curiosity was the discovery of a reed-like tube implanted in the chest of Pasebakhaienipet, the Count of Thebes, who was interred about 1188 to 909 B.C. Researchers theorized it was a postmortem addition to keep his chin up as he faced eternity.
The mummy's covering, in the shape of a woman, misled researchers. Photo by Adam Husted, courtesy Brooklyn Museum
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