3,000 yr-old masked mummy found intact in Luxor: official
The wooden coffin - Photo courtesy of Antiquities Ministry’s Facebook page

CAIRO: A wooden coffin containing a well-preserved mummy has been found in the tomb of Amenhotep-Huy at the west bank of Luxor, according to the Antiquities Ministry’s Facebook page Monday.

The coffin, carved in the shape of a person, and the mummy were discovered by a multi-national team of archaeologists led by the Institute for the Study of Ancient Egypt in Madrid, Head of Upper Egypt Antiquities Department Aly el-Asfar told The Cairo Post Tuesday.

“The owner of the mummy has not been identified yet, but according to the team of archaeologists, they are believed to be a chanter of the god Amun-Ra during the 21st dynasty,” said el-Asfar.

The archaeology team has been studying and renovating the architectural elements of the tomb since 2009.

“The mummy was found wrapped in linen and textile bandages and the face of the deceased with found covered with a mask,” he added.

The sarcophagus dates back to the Egypt’s third age of decline (1070 B.C.-650 B.C.); a period that witnessed a political instability, and was marked by division of the state as well as rule by foreigners, said el-Asfar.

Amenhotep-Huy, who served as Egypt’s viceroy and vizier during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1391 B.C.–1353 B.C.), was originally from Nubia and was married to Ta-Em-Wadjsy, chief of the harem of Amun-Ra and of the Harem of Tutankhamen, archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Saturday.

The sarcophagus, measuring 151 centimeters long, 48 centimeters wide and 50 centimeters high, takes the shape of Osiris, ancient Egypt’s God of death and afterlife, and is carved with reliefs of various ancient Egyptian gods and magical spells and inscriptions to protect the deceased in the afterlife, he added.

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