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Perfectly Preserved Mummy of Ancient Egypt's Official to Go on Display in Cairo's New Museum

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The mummies in the two sarcophagi belong to Sennedjem, a senior official of the New Kingdom of Egypt, who served as the overseer of the workers at a necropolis, and one of his wives.

Two ancient sarcophagi were unpacked last Saturday in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany and the media at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo.

According to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, the mummies in the two sarcophagi belong to Sennedjem, a senior official who oversaw the workers at Deir al-Medina necropolis in Luxor during the reigns of Seti I and Ramsesses II of the 19th Dynasty, some 3,400 years ago, and one of his wives.

Sennedjem's bodies were found along with other 20 mummies in a tomb discovered in 1886 on the west bank of the Nile by a French Egyptologist Maspero.

The coloured wood-made sarcophagi will be restored and put on display at NMEC which was partially opened in 2017.

© AFP 2021 / Mohamed el-ShahedJournalists gather around the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
Journalists gather around the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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Journalists gather around the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
© REUTERS / Amr Abdallah DalshA mask of Sennedjem's wife after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
A mask of Sennedjem's wife after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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A mask of Sennedjem's wife after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
© REUTERS / Amr Abdallah DalshThe pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem inside the fumigation tent lab at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
The pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem inside the fumigation tent lab at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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The pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem inside the fumigation tent lab at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
© REUTERS / Amr Abdallah DalshA pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem is seen after being removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
A pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem is seen after being removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.  - Sputnik International
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A pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem is seen after being removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
© REUTERS / Amr Abdallah DalshEgyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (C) and archaeologists look at the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (C) and archaeologists look at the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem  after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (C) and archaeologists look at the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
© AFP 2021 / Mohamed el-ShahedArchaeologists prepare the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Pharaohs Seti I and Ramesses II in the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), for fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
Archaeologists prepare the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Pharaohs Seti I and Ramesses II in the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), for fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization  - Sputnik International
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Archaeologists prepare the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Pharaohs Seti I and Ramesses II in the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), for fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
© REUTERS / Amr Abdallah DalshMembers of the media are seen in front of the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
Members of the media are seen in front of the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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Members of the media are seen in front of the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
© AFP 2021 / Mohamed el-ShahedThe ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Ph the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), lying inside its coffin before fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
The ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Ph the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), lying inside its coffin before fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo - Sputnik International
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The ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Ph the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), lying inside its coffin before fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
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