Shrew Mummy Bundle
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Shrews and ichneumons both prey on snakes and therefore won the Egyptians’ admiration and worship. Though snakes could turn their powers to protecting kings and queens, serpents also threatened the sun god Re on his journey through the next world. Egyptian religion made room for both the positive and negative aspects of certain animals.
The shrew mummy bundle shows that more than one animal was sometimes included in one package.
Animal remains (Crocidura flavescens, C. nana, C. olivieri, or C. religiosa), linen
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
2 15/16 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in., 1 lb. (7.5 x 21 x 12.1 cm, 0.45kg) (show scale)
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Shrew Mummy Bundle, 664-30 B.C.E. Animal remains (Crocidura flavescens, C. nana, C. olivieri, or C. religiosa), linen, 2 15/16 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in., 1 lb. (7.5 x 21 x 12.1 cm, 0.45kg). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1179.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1179.2_PS2.jpg)
overall, X1179.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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Mummy bundle containing shrews. It consists of a rectangular bundle wrapped in dark brown textiles. The exterior textile components consist of multiple layers of brown stained linen(?) textiles and threads. Narrow strips of linen remain which likely secured a larger piece of linen fabric beneath are present. Vertical and horizontal threads are visible and appear to secure the linen fabric.
Condition: The mummy bundle is overall in fragile, unstable condition. The surface of the mummy bundle is in poor, unstable condition. There are major losses in the original linens; the outermost wrapping is mostly missing.
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