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Animal Coffin

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.
MEDIUM Wood, linen, resin, gold leaf, animal remains or stones
DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (6 x 6 x 16.5 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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