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Senbi the Scribe

An Egyptian mummy for researchers

 

Background information

Senbi the Scribe is an Egyptian mummy which was donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as part of the Hamann-Todd Osteology collection.

 

The mummy has not been dated; however, a cursory examination of the mummification of his head reveals that it is very dark in color, presumably from an over-use of resin. This suggests that the mummy was made at a late date in Egyptian mummification, perhaps during the Greco-Roman period.

 

What's special about Senbi

As part of the Hammann-Todd Osteology collection, he was sacrificed (long ago by the doctor who collected the mummy) so that his bones would be available for study.

A drawer in the museum's back room contains his body which was reduced to a skeleton.

The resin was so thick, however, that it still coats many of the bones. The hands and feet were not taken apart and each resides in its own little box in the skeleton's drawer.

The head, however, was kept in its mummified condition and resides in a small box (about the size of a bowling ball).

 

Where to see him

Senbi the Scribe can only be seen by scholars and researchers. As part of the osteology collection, he is not on display for the regular museum-goer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.