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Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient EgyptInvestigating the Belfast Mummy$
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Rosalie David and Eileen Murphy

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348585

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348585.001.0001

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Introduction to the Takabuti Project

Introduction to the Takabuti Project

Introduction to the Takabuti Project
(p.iii) The Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt

Rosalie David

Eileen Murphy

Liverpool University Press

The mummy of Takabuti is one of the best known antiquities in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Takabuti lived at the capital city of Thebes in Egypt in the 25th Dynasty (c. 600 BCE), where she enjoyed a privileged and wealthy lifestyle. In 2008/2009, the mummy underwent a series of in-depth scientific analyses at the Ulster Museum, Queen’s University Belfast, John Moores University, Liverpool, and the Universities of Manchester, Cardiff and Dundee. These revealed more information about her life and death. Now, current investigations have revealed new evidence about her ancestry, living conditions, health, and the intriguing possibility that she met a violent and untimely death. Takabuti lived in a time of great uncertainty and upheaval when Egypt was under foreign occupation. Purchased at an Egyptian “mummy market” by a wealthy Ulsterman, Takabuti created a sensation when she was brought to Belfast in 1834, and donated to the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. Following the custom prevalent in the mid-19th century, the Society’s members unwrapped the mummy in 1835, presided over by Dr Edward Hincks, a renowned Egyptologist and Assyriologist.

Keywords:   Takabuti, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Thebes, Egypt, Edward Hincks

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