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Ibis Leg and Foot

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Some mummies were decorated with bronze fittings that imitated parts of the animal within it. This ibis leg and claw weighs roughly one and a half Egyptian deben (or 4½ ounces) and represented a considerable additional expense for the person who commissioned the animal mummy it once adorned. Such additions might have influenced the god’s decision to aid the worshipper.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664–332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (7.3 x 5.4 x 24.5 cm) 4.5 oz. (0.13kg)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One large bronze leg and foot from a composite figure of a recumbent Ibis. Tang protrudes from the joint. Condition: Left inside claw broken off and restored via wax, cleaned to black/Cu patina but otherwise in excellent condition. Solid cast.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Ibis Leg and Foot, 664–332 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (7.3 x 5.4 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.385Eb. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.385Eb_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.385Eb_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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