The first mummy in Manchester


The unwrapped mummy of Asru and her two two coffins entered the collection of the then Manchester Society for the Promotion of Natural History in 1825. Later, this was sold to the University of Manchester to become the founding collection of the Manchester Museum. Asru was a very wealthy married lady, and the daughter of an important official during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (c.750-656 BC). The style of her coffins suggests that she lived in Thebes. Forensic examination has revealled that she suffered from arthitis amongst other ailments and that she died between the ages of 50 and 60.