Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This elaborate ancient gilded ibis coffin contains a simple ibis mummy. Most coffins of this type have bronze heads and feet. Scientific testing suggests that the silver fittings seen here are quite likely modern replacements for original bronze fittings.
Wood, silver, gold leaf, gesso, rock crystal, animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus, or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment
Ptolemaic Period with later additions
16 3/4 x 8 x 22 in. (42.5 x 20.3 x 55.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Ibis Coffin, 305-30 B.C.E. Wood, silver, gold leaf, gesso, rock crystal, animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus, or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment, 16 3/4 x 8 x 22 in. (42.5 x 20.3 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.48. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 49.48_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 49.48_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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Standing figure of an ibis serving as container for mummified ibis. Wooden body, entire surface gilded. Conventionalized tail indicated by black paint over the gilt. Top of body cut for cover which runs entire length of body. Head and feet cast (solid?) in silver. Eyes of crystal outlined in gold. Incised necklace at base of neck. Mounted on oblong wooden base, apparently original, of rough work. Mummified ibis within body.
Condition: Intact. Minor chips along edges of cover. One section on front of body where gesso base has lifted and cracked. Gilt is covered with resin (?) which may be remains of a varnish.
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