Bird Coffin of Iihetek
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This extraordinary coffin contained two small bird mummies. It is shaped like an Egyptian shrine and decorated with images of the goddesses of mourning, Isis and Nephthys. The rear of the coffin displays a djed-pillar, a symbol of Osiris often found on the back of human coffins. The reasons why the man named Iihetek had this unusual coffin type made remain unclear.
Copper alloy, animal remains (2 individuals), linen
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
15 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 11/16 in. (38.7 x 8.9 x 6.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
One upright member of a coffin or shrine (37.1391Ea) bearing an inscription.
"An utterance of Osiris Wenenafer, the great god, lord of eternity Yen Thik son of pen-weben-ta nakhty and (mother?) and grandfather name……born of Anubis who was begotten of Sebu."
Condition: Broken off from the horizontal lower member. Convex side of coffin faces front. Patina is gone, stripped to bear metal. Some pitting of the surface due to improper casting. Deeply engraved relief in good condition as is the bronze in general.
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Bird Coffin of Iihetek, 664-30 B.C.E. Copper alloy, animal remains (2 individuals), linen, 15 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 11/16 in. (38.7 x 8.9 x 6.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1391Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1391Ea-b_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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