Tjeby was an Egyptian who lived on the east bank of the Nile about 4,000 years ago. He worked as an official in the government, and was approximately 5'10" tall, a little above average for the ancient Egyptian male. He suffered from bad teeth, which were severely worn and had signs of abscesses. At the age of 35-40 he died of unknown cause. After death he was placed on his back, his arms outstretched, and his head turned to the east. He was wrapped in bandages, which were then infused with resin. A funeral mask and clay wig were placed on him. Eyes were painted on the outside of his coffin so he could see to the outside world, observe the activities of the living, take part in burial offerings and watch the sun rise each day. The sun represented the god Osiris, and resurrection.
Tjeby was buried at a place called Naga ed-Deir, in a modest tomb with another man named Tjeby, probably his son or brother.
Tjeby's grave was uncovered in 1923. It did not contain elaborate objects - only some pottery, beads, a ring, three walking sticks and what is probably a paint brush. An inscription in hieroglyphs indicated his identity.
Museum Victoria Information Sheet No. 10389, July 2001.