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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.
MEDIUM Animal remains (female glossy ibis), linen
DATES 30 B.C.E.– 100 C.E.
PERIOD Early Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 4 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 12 3/4 × 14 1/2 in. (12.1 × 9.2 × 32.4 × 36.8 cm) as mounted: 7 7/8 × 5 1/2 × 16 3/4 in. (20 × 14 × 42.5 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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