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Ibis-Form Snake Mummies

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 Animal remains (Egyptian house snake, Psammophis sp.), linen
DATES 380-160 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 27 or later
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (11.4 x 6.4 x 32.1 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
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