Atlas of Egyptian Mummies in the Czech Collections II: Non-Adult Human Mummies
Author(s): Pavel Onderka, Gabriela Vrtalová
Publisher: National Museum
Place of publication: Prague
Number of pages: 104
Citation: ONDERKA, Pavel a VRTALOVÁ, Gabriela. Atlas of Egyptian Mummies in the Czech Collections II: Non-Adult Human Mummies. Vydání první. Prague: National Museum, 2022. 104 stran. ISBN 978-80-7036-750-6 .
Ancient Egyptian mummies and their funerary equipment are an invaluable source of information not only on the Egyptians’ perception of death, but more importantly on their lives – diseases and traumas they suffered from, activities they carried out, their family relations, and more. The present volume, second in the series of Atlas of Egyptian Mummies in the Czech Collections, is dedicated to mummies and funerary containers of non-adults aged 15 and younger. Two complete mummies, twelve isolated parts from ten individuals, and six funerary containers were introduced in a detailed catalogue, along with their respective provenances, and brief excursions into the health and disease of ancient Egyptian children, and their funerary treatment. The studied material came from the collections of two divisions of the National Museum in Prague, namely the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, and the Natural History Museum. The mummies were examined using non-invasive methods, and the results were compared to those published in the past. Examination by non-invasive methods, especially computed tomography, brought to light several findings including one possible case of traumatic death, and one possible case of rickets.