Bird Coffin of Iihetek
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This extraordinary coffin contained two small bird mummies. It is shaped like an Egyptian shrine and decorated with images of the goddesses of mourning, Isis and Nephthys. The rear of the coffin displays a djed-pillar, a symbol of Osiris often found on the back of human coffins. The reasons why the man named Iihetek had this unusual coffin type made remain unclear.
Copper alloy, animal remains (2 individuals), linen
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
15 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 11/16 in. (38.7 x 8.9 x 6.8 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bird Coffin of Iihetek, 664-30 B.C.E. Copper alloy, animal remains (2 individuals), linen, 15 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 11/16 in. (38.7 x 8.9 x 6.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1391Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1391Ea-b_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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