These are samples of linen bandaging from a mummy.
They are from Grave 45 at Tarkhan (Kafr Ammar, Kafr Turki). The embalmers wrapped the body in linen bandages, padding the body so it kept a human shape. These samples show three different types of fabric used to make bandages, from fine gauze weave to coarse cloth.The wrapping procedure took up to 30 days. As bandages were wound around the body, the embalmers placed amulets at specified places on the body to protect the deceased and help his or her path to the afterworld, whilst priests chanted prayers and burned incense. The linen wrappings created a protective cocoon around the deceased, the prayers and amulets created a spiritual one. Museum Register numbers H 1955.8, H 1955.4, H 1955.6 These are samples of linen bandaging from a mummy. They are made from linen. They are about 4,500 years old, dating to the 3rd, 4th or 5th Dynasty (2686-2345 BCE) in the Old Kingdom Period.