Skip Navigation

Ibis Egg Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The CT scan reproduced here shows that this egg-shaped wrapping conceals what is probably a small bird. Egyptian priests incubated bird eggs, which perhaps were taken from nests or laid by birds in captivity. Priests in animal sanctuaries took responsibility for breeding and feeding the birds until it was time to make them into mummies.
MEDIUM Animal remains, linen
DATES 30 B.C.E. – 100 C.E.
PERIOD Early Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 3 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 7.6 cm) as mounted: 3 1/2 × 5 × 5 in. (8.9 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ibis Egg Mummy, 30 B.C.E. – 100 C.E. Animal remains, linen, 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 3 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.654. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 14.654_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 14.654_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.