Snake Coffin (Atum)
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Among the numerous varieties of animal coffins, one of the most interesting is a bronze coffin decorated with figurines depicting the animal inside. Bronze figurines could be used as offerings made to gods to accompany a request, just as animal mummies were used for this purpose.
These two coffins combine the figurine tradition with the animal mummy tradition.
Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
Late Period, or later
2 15/16 x 1 7/16 x 3 1/8 in. (7.5 x 3.6 x 7.9 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Snake Coffin (Atum), 664–343 B.C.E. Bronze, lead, 2 15/16 x 1 7/16 x 3 1/8 in. (7.5 x 3.6 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.600. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 16.600_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 16.600_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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