Episode 56-C: A Royal Funeral


How to Bury an Egyptian King.

In 1530 BCE, Ahmose I is dead. It falls to his son, Djeser-ka-Re Amunhotep I to bury him.

We explore an Egyptian royal funeral.

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Some of Ahmose’s burial items: two small lions and a cartouche-shaped chest (Louvre, via Wikipedia).

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The valley of Dra Abu el-Naga (right), with the valley of Deir el-Bahari at left. Semataui.de.

An Egyptian funeral, from a 19th Dynasty papyrus.

Mourning women of the New Kingdom.

A fragmented statue of a mourning woman. Louvre Museum, Paris.

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The meskhetyu implement: used to open the mouth of the mummy and awaken its faculties. 18th Dynasty. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Ahmose’s sword (Royal Ontario Museum, via Wikipedia).

The (disputed) mummy of Ahmose I, via Wikipedia. See Dodson and Wente, below.


Emily Teeter. Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt. 2011.

Steven Snape. Ancient Egyptian Tombs: the Culture of Life and Death. 2011. Google Books.

Aidan Dodson. “The Burials of Ahmose I” in Studies in Honor of Kent R. Weeks. 2010.

Edward F. Wente. “Who Was Who Among the Royal Mummies.” 1995. Read for Free Here. Follow-up discussion by the same author here.

University College London website – The Opening of the Mouth.

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