Bird Coffin of Iihetek
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
On the sides of this model coffin are the two preeminent goddesses of mourning, Isis and Nephthys. They were the sisters of Osiris, lord of the dead, and Isis was also his wife. On real coffins and sarcophagi, they guard the head and foot ends. On the back here is a large djed-pillar, which was sometimes thought to be the backbone of Osiris, symbolizing strength and stability. The coffin may have held either protective spells from the Book of the Dead or mummified organs of the deceased.
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)
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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