Upon reflection maybe I do know why I love mummies. Skulls are passé. Skulls are just the skeletal remains of dead folk. Mummies (at least Egyptian mummies) are the remains of dead folks who really really really did not want to be dead. And THAT is a proper Memento Mori.
King Tut from National Geo 9-10, ballpoint pen in small sketchbook (approx. 4"x6")