Shrew Coffin with Mummy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Shrews and ichneumons both prey on snakes and therefore won the Egyptians’ admiration and worship. Though snakes could turn their powers to protecting kings and queens, serpents also threatened the sun god Re on his journey through the next world. Egyptian religion made room for both the positive and negative aspects of certain animals.
The shrew mummy bundle shows that more than one animal was sometimes included in one package.
Wood, pigment, animal remains, linen
XXVI Dynasty, or later
Late Period, or later
37.1362Ea (Coffin): 3 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (7.7 x 7.1 x 17.3 cm)
37.1362Eb (Panel): 3 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 11/16 in. (8.9 x 39.4 x 1.8 cm)
37.1362Ec (Mummy): 1 x 1 x 4 13/16 in. (2.6 x 2.6 x 12.3 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Shrew Coffin with Mummy, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, animal remains, linen, 37.1362Ea (Coffin): 3 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (7.7 x 7.1 x 17.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1362Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1362Ea-b.jpg)
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