Considered sacrosanct, the ibis was connected first with the god Thoth and later with the revered sage Imhotep. Mummified ibises found at cult sites dedicated to Thoth or Imhotep are usually understood as votives deposited by private persons either as offerings to curry favor or as gestures of appreciation for answered prayers. This elaborately preserved ibis bears witness to the extremes to which the ancient embalmers could go in their preservation of an animal. The linen wrappings, some of which have been dyed, are wound in an intricate pattern, while the bronze head attached to the mummy shows exquisite workmanship.
- Medium: Animal remains, resin, linen
- Place Excavated: Abydos, Egypt
- Dates: 30 B.C.E.–early 1st century C.E.
- Period: Early Roman Period
- Dimensions: 29 5/16 x 4 13/16 in. (74.5 x 12.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.655
- Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ibis Mummy, 30 B.C.E.–early 1st century C.E. Animal remains, resin, linen, 29 5/16 x 4 13/16 in. (74.5 x 12.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.655. Creative Commons-BY
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