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Ibis Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

These four animal mummies are in ibis-related shapes but different wrapping styles. The CT scans and X-rays shown here reveal that two of these mummies are indeed ibises, as expected, but that of the two others, one contains snakes and the other contains shrews.

Scientific examination has revolutionized scholars’ understanding of the most basic data available in analyzing animal mummies.
CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Animals remains (Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, or an African Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen
DATES 664-30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 7 x 7 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (17.8 x 18.1 x 41.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Egyptian. Ibis Mummy, 664-30 B.C.E. Animals remains (Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, or an African Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, 7 x 7 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (17.8 x 18.1 x 41.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2042.34E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.2042.34E_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.2042.34E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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