Based on the name on the sarcophagus, this family was initially given the label Pa-Ib, but it has now been determined that this is not the true family name. So the mummy is officially known as the Barnum mummy!
Like many of the other companies I've talked about, not much is known about this one. This is especially true considering that the poor woman is not in her own coffin. Since she probably lived in the Middle Kingdom, we can estimate her age at around 4000 years. Although it is unknown what profession she may have had, it is possible that she was a maid or housewife. Most likely, she passed away between the ages of 28 and 32.
After the discovery that the coffin and doll were not intended, museum staff wanted to give it a name. They settled on Ipy, which means "Most Favorites," and it was a contemporary name of its time.
In 1894, Nancy Fish Barnum, the second wife and widow of PT Barnum, purchased the mummy and coffin in Egypt. She later presented it to the Bridgeport Scientific Society and the Fairfield County Historical Society (1894.1. BC). This would later become the Barnum Museum.
The ammunition was publicly unwrapped in August 1894. The public commented on the “thousands of yards of bandage linen” and the “peculiar and slightly disagreeable odour”. While at the museum, he has been scanned several times to learn more about the museum.
Coffin In 2006, the mummy and coffin were examined, mainly to confirm whether it was a legitimate Egyptian mummy. Barnu had previously created a fake mermaid, so there may be some speculation that this was a fake. The coffin was proven to be genuine, but it was then discovered that the coffin was not originally intended for him.
This, of course, threw everyone's theories about family out the window, but I'll talk about family below.
This coffin was made for a man named Pa-ib, who lied during the 25th or 26th dynasties. Pa-ib was the third prophet of the god Min, who is a god of fertility and creation. The coffin may have been made in the Upper Egyptian city of Akhamin, based on the decoration and that Min is the god of the city. That means this coffin is only 2,500 years old compared to the mummy!
It wasn't until 2006 that the mother was identified as female. She had scans at nearby Quinnipiac University, where she also had scans in 2010. She had CT scans, X-rays, and fluoroscopy. There were also endoscopic scans, which may have helped discover that the woman's heart is missing.
She would have been fifteen feet tall and again, between 28 and 32 years old when she died. Her teeth were badly worn, almost flat, with various dental infections. Four bundles were also found inside her chest cavity. Originally it was thought that one contained a third, but this was deprecated. At least one of the funds contains her internal organs, as was a typical tradition of this time. The head of the ammunition was also examined separately because it had separated during development in the 19th century. Once again, scholars estimated that this woman did not do any hard work, indicating that she may have had a domestic servant or housekeeper.