Shrew Coffin of Pahapy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Bronze coffins added value to votive mummies and possibly were thought to help influence the god to help the petitioner. A man named Pahapy used this coffin for a shrew mummy. The Egyptians regarded shrews as guardians of the sun god Re and included requests to him in many types of animal cemeteries.
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
2 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., 0.6 lb. (5.4 x 3.8 x 8.9 cm, 0.25kg) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Shrew Coffin of Pahapy, 664–30 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., 0.6 lb. (5.4 x 3.8 x 8.9 cm, 0.25kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.411Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.411E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 37.411E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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Bronze animal coffin surmounted by a figure of an ichneumon. Inscription, partly unintelligible, on front and on one side.
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