How One Mummy Came to the Smithsonian

An American diplomat’s memento takes center stage after 125 years

Acquired by Samuel Cox, the mummy is "our . . . most richly decorated [specimen]," says curator Melinda Zeder. (Stephen Voss)
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Owen Edwards

Owen Edwards is a freelance writer who previously wrote the "Object at Hand" column in Smithsonian magazine.

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