viernes, 23 de enero de 2015

King Seqnenre-Taa

King Seqnenre-Taa the Second's mummy was originally buried at Dra-Abu'l Naga, and later reburied at Deir el-Bahari in his original coffin.

The body of this king, who died in his forties, was poorly preserved. However, the brain is still in the cranial cavity and the mummy's mouth still has a complete set of healthy teeth.

The king's head is covered with horrific wounds: a dagger thrust behind the ear, after which, perhaps, blows rained down upon him. Mace blows smashed his cheek and nose and a battle-axe cut through the bone above his forehead.


Mummified head of Seqenenre Tao
The mummy was unwrapped by Gaston Maspero on June 9, 1886. A vivid description by Gaston Maspero provides an account of the injury that was done to the pharaoh at his death:
“ is not known whether he fell upon the field of battle or was the victim of some plot; the appearance of his mummy proves that he died a violent death when about forty years of age. Two or three men, whether assassins or soldiers, must have surrounded and despatched... him before help was available. A blow from an axe must have severed part of his left cheek, exposed the teeth, fractured the jaw, and sent him senseless to the ground; another blow must have seriously injured the skull, and a dagger or javelin has cut open the forehead on the right side, a little above the eye. His body must have remained lying where it fell for some time: when found, decomposition had set in, and the embalming had to be hastily performed as best it might

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