Ibis-Form Snake Mummies
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
These four animal mummies are in ibis-related shapes but different wrapping styles. The CT scans and X-rays shown here reveal that two of these mummies are indeed ibises, as expected, but that of the two others, one contains snakes and the other contains shrews.
Scientific examination has revolutionized scholars’ understanding of the most basic data available in analyzing animal mummies.
Animal remains (Egyptian house snake, Psammophis sp.), linen
Dynasty 27, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (11.4 x 6.4 x 32.1 cm) (show scale)
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Egyptian. Ibis-Form Snake Mummies, 380-160 B.C.E. Animal remains (Egyptian house snake, Psammophis sp.), linen, 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (11.4 x 6.4 x 32.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1183.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1183.2_PS9.jpg)
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Criss cross pattern over plain linen.
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