Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Some wooden animal mummy coffins have symbolic shapes. The cartouche shape signifies a protective enclosure and is also used in hieroglyphic writing to enclose and protect the king’s name. The obelisk shape relates both to the sun god and to an Egyptian word meaning “ibis,” one of the most common types of animal mummies.
CT scans of these two coffins have revealed poorly preserved remains inside that could not be identified.
Wood, animal remains, linen
Late Period (probably)
2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 24.1 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Obelisk-Shaped Coffin, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, animal remains, linen, 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1360Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.1360Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 37.1360Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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