Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This coffin, dated by carbon 14 testing of the linen wrappings found within it, is among the oldest of the animal mummies on view in this exhibition. The figurines of kittens, together with the animal mummies inside the coffin, form a bridge between votive figurines and votive animal mummies. Both kinds of objects were intended for the same purpose, to send a request to a god. But votive animal mummies were an innovation at the time this object was made.
Bronze, animal remains, linen
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (8 x 6 x 15.8 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Kitten Coffin, 850-540 B.C.E. Bronze, animal remains, linen, 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (8 x 6 x 15.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.369Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.369Ea_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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