Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The ideal votive animal mummy, as shown in the X-ray here, contains one animal wrapped in the linen package. Yet without an X-ray or CT scan, it is impossible to know whether an additional animal, or no animal at all, was included in the wrappings.
Egyptians of the first millennium b.c.e. believed that they could appeal to the god Thoth to intercede in human affairs. Ibis mummies allowed such a petitioner to send a message to the god.
Animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment
Dynasty 27, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (12.1 x 7 x 28.6 cm) (show scale)
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Egyptian. Ibis Mummy, 400-110 B.C.E. Animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment, 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (12.1 x 7 x 28.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1179.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1179.4_top_PS2.jpg)
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