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Ibis Mummy

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.
CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment
DATES 400-110 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 27, or later
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (12.1 x 7 x 28.6 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE top, X1179.4_top_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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