Head of the mummy of Djehutynakht

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Height: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Human remains, linen

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World


Organic remains

The mummified head of Djehutynakht is all that remained after the body was destroyed by tomb robbers. The head displays a number of interesting features. The linen wrappings are molded in the shape of the face, with the eyebrows rendered in black paint on the fabric. The mummy’s hair, dark brown and wavy, is well preserved and visible through the worn wrappings.

A collaborative investigation with the FBI revealed through cutting-edge DNA analysis that this head belongs to Governor Djehutynakht.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition