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Ibis Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The shape of this animal mummy resembles that of a human mummy or the figure of the god Osiris, king of the dead. The painted plaster remains of an elaborate headdress, like those worn by kings, and a curved beard also emphasized for an Egyptian viewer this mummy’s close connection with Osiris.

The X-ray shows a complete ibis inside the wrappings.
MEDIUM Animal remains, linen, cartonnage, pigment
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 664–332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 23 × 7 × 4 in. (58.4 × 17.8 × 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mummified Ibis. Head given a cartonnage mask, now broken.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Ibis Mummy, 664–332 B.C.E. Animal remains, linen, cartonnage, pigment, 23 × 7 × 4 in. (58.4 × 17.8 × 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1986E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1986E_threequarter_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE 37.1986E_threequarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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