Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
These four animal mummies are in ibis-related shapes but different wrapping styles. The CT scans and X-rays shown here reveal that two of these mummies are indeed ibises, as expected, but that of the two others, one contains snakes and the other contains shrews.
Scientific examination has revolutionized scholars’ understanding of the most basic data available in analyzing animal mummies.
Animal remains (female sacred ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen
Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 27
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
16 × 5 3/4 × 4 3/4 in. (40.6 × 14.6 × 12.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Mummified female sacred ibis, relatively elaborately wrapped.
This item is not on view
Ibis Mummy, 740-380 B.C.E. Animal remains (female sacred ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, 16 × 5 3/4 × 4 3/4 in. (40.6 × 14.6 × 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1382E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1382E_PS9.jpg)
overall, 37.1382E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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