During annual rituals honoring Osiris, the ancient Egyptians fashioned small “mummies” from a mixture of clay, sand, and grains of corn. These “mummies” were wrapped in layers of bandages and placed in coffins decorated with images of the falcon god Sokar. The Egyptians considered corn a living element of a natural cycle embodying the concept of resurrection and renewal. This concept was crucial to the worship of Osiris, who died and was resurrected as lord of the dead.
- Medium: Wood, clay, sand, corn, linen
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 332 B.C.E.-150 C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
- Dimensions: Coffin with Lid: 5 3/4 x 6 7/8 x 19 11/16 in. (14.6 x 17.5 x 50 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: (1) Hail, Sokar-Osiris, Greetings Re-Hor-Akhty and Khepri who created himself. How beautiful is your rising on the horizon (2) when you illuminate the two lands with your rays! (All) the gods rejoice when they see Horus, King of The Sky, the Wnwt-cobra on your head, (3) the Crown of Upper Egypt and the Crown of Lower Egypt on your brow. (4) They have made their seat, while Thoth abides on the prow (of the sun boat.) (5) Thoth abides in order to see the beauty of this, your image. I have come before you and I am with you. * Text on Corn Mummy translated by Edward Bleiberg and Paul O'Rourke
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2007.1a-c
- Credit Line: Gift of Caren Golden in memory of Eleanor L. Golden
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Corn Mummy, 332 B.C.E.-150 C.E. Wood, clay, sand, corn, linen, Coffin with Lid: 5 3/4 x 6 7/8 x 19 11/16 in. (14.6 x 17.5 x 50 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Caren Golden in memory of Eleanor L. Golden, 2007.1a-c. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (75%)