The mummy with sarcophagus was donated in 1835 to the University of Padua by Giuseppe Acerbi – former Consul General of Austria in Egypt. The sarcophagus is made of cypress wood and the hieroglyphic inscription attributes it to Baankh, administrator of the temple of Heka in Heliopolis. He was certainly an important character: it can be deduced from the rich equipment and excellent mummification.
The mummy is almost completely unbandaged and was prepared in a supine position with the upper limbs bent to cross over the chest; the palms of the hands are facing downwards and the lower limbs are extended. In June 2012, the mummy and other mummified Egyptian artifacts in the museum underwent a computed tomography examination at the Radiology Section of the Medicine Department of the University of Padua. Above all, the CT made it possible to understand what were the causes of the individual’s death: and it was a violent death. Thanks to a collaboration with the State Police, just like a “cold case”, the wounds on the body indicate that Baankh was attacked and probably killed.