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Ibis Coffin

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze, wood, tin, sand
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 664–332 B.C.E
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS Figure: 3 9/16 x 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.1 x 2.2 x 7.1 cm) Base: 1 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 4 13/16 in. (4.8 x 6.1 x 12.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION a=Figure of an ibis with a tang below the feet b=Shrine shaped base cover c=wood core for bronze base mounted on modern tin base One bronze receptacle in the form of an Ibis on a shrine-shaped pedestal. The Ibis has been made separately (solid cast) and is shown recumbent, a tang descending from the upper joint of the legs. The Ibis is inserted into the top of the shrine. It came with the shrine before both were cleaned, and it is the correct size for the shrine. The top of the shrine, however, has holes for 2 tangs ans Ibis has but one. An extension of the base before both the ibis and the shrine bears six holes for insertion of other figures. Condition: Wooden core of the base has been dried out and cracked. The entire base has been stripped by treatment and is much cracked all round. The surface is very pitted. The Ibis is the same all over the surface, it is also very dirty and scratched, Fractures appear right leg. The wooden "core" was inserted after casting the base in hollow form, the Ibis is cast solid.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Ibis Coffin, 664–332 B.C.E. Bronze, wood, tin, sand, Figure: 3 9/16 x 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.1 x 2.2 x 7.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 37.412Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.412Ea-c_glass_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.412Ea-c_glass_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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