The 3,000-year-old tattooed mummy in Deir el-Medina was found to belong to an elite or high-ranking official.
Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says that discovery is important because for the first time there is an Egyptian mummy with figurative tattoos.
The mummy on the west coast of the Nile is known as BC. 1550 to BC. It was found in Deir el-Medina, a village dating from 1080. This village was home to the artists and workers of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Waziri says that the tattoos in the previous mummies were just in the form of a line or a dot, not a whole scene like tattoos on this mummy, and not in various parts of the body.
The mummy in question has 30 tattoos depicting a wild bull, a Berber sheep, a lotus flower, a baboon and a god Horus. These tattoos were drawn on the mummy’s arm, shoulders, back and neck.
The nature of the tattoos, according to the examinations, shows that the mummy belongs to a member of the elite.
The scientific and archaeological studies on the mummy, using the art technique and x-rays of the tattoos, show that it belongs to a woman aged between 25 and 34, who lived between 1,300 and 1,070 BC.
Studies also show that a large number of tattoos on his body may be aimed at showing signs of dignity or an important religious role.
The mummy is now housed in his own tomb, TT 291 in Luxor, and can therefore be kept in an environment that has been preserved for thousands of years.
The figurative tattoos identified were the first images ever found in ancient Egyptian mummies. Therefore, it is expected to give new information about the symbolic meanings of tattoos in Ancient Egypt.
More research and work will be carried out to reveal the name and rank of the mummy with tattoos.