Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Often, the more elaborate the wrapping, the less likely it is that the whole animal is inside, as the two CT scans shown here reveal. Perhaps the intricate wrapping substitutes for the animal.
This ibis is the most elaborately wrapped of all the animal mummies on display here. The herringbone pattern linen, the beak, and the elaborate crown all cover a mummy made only from ibis feathers. In contrast, the simple circular wrapping of this cat, with a head modeled in linen, conceals a complete cat mummy.
Animal remains, resin, linen
30 B.C.E.–100 C.E.
Early Roman Period
Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77 x 14 x 21 cm)
a - Ibis mummy without headdress: 24 7/16 x 5 5/16 x 8 1/4 in. (62 x 13.5 x 21 cm)
b - Headdress: 15 x 13 11/16 x 2 11/16 in. (38.1 x 34.8 x 6.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
Large mummified ibis (a) wrapped in elaborately pleated brown and tan linen in the form of a human mummy. Separate Hem-hem crown (b) surmounts figure. Head attached separately with large projecting beak.
Condition: General condition good. Crown considerably decayed and in fragile condition. Linen is elaborately pleated and interlaced and the specimen is quite outstanding.
Partial skeletal remains of an ibis, along with a bone of a cat or a dog.
This item is not on view
Ibis Mummy, 30 B.C.E.–100 C.E. Animal remains, resin, linen, Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77 x 14 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.655a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.655_mummychamber.jpg)
installation, Egypt Reborn: Mummy Chamber Installation (2011), CUR.14.655_mummychamber.jpg
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