Fake Mummy from Saqqara

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 17 June 2016

Mummies were among the most sought-after souvenirs collected by travelers. to Egypt in 17th-19th centuries CE. To supplement the supply of genuine bodies, fake mummies were produced as early as the 18th century. This example purports to the mummy of a child. Forged mummies were made from derbies from ancient tombs. They contain fragments of bodies and wrappings, adorned with authentic cartonnage and enclosed in boxes made from pieces of wooden coffins. From Saqqara, Egypt. 18th century CE. The British Museum, London.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, June 17). Fake Mummy from Saqqara. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5231/fake-mummy-from-saqqara/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Fake Mummy from Saqqara." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 17, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5231/fake-mummy-from-saqqara/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Fake Mummy from Saqqara." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 17 Jun 2016. Web. 08 Feb 2023.