Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Though both of these mummies originally had elaborate wrappings, it is impossible to predict from the wrappings exactly what lies inside the package. CT scans and X-rays reveal that one ibis is complete and the other mummy contains feathers but no skeleton. The fragmentary one might represent a corrupt practice that cheated the worshipper of a complete animal.
The mummy decorated with a herringbone pattern is complete.
Linen, feathers or reeds
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 1/8 × 3 1/2 × 12 5/8 in. (10.5 × 8.9 × 32.1 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Ibis Mummy, 664-30 B.C.E. Linen, feathers or reeds, 4 1/8 × 3 1/2 × 12 5/8 in. (10.5 × 8.9 × 32.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2042.18E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.2042.18E_PS9.jpg)
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The mummy contains feathers or reeds and other unidentifed materials.
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