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Lizard Coffin

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Among the numerous varieties of animal coffins, one of the most interesting is a bronze coffin decorated with figurines depicting the animal inside. Bronze figurines could be used as offerings made to gods to accompany a request, just as animal mummies were used for this purpose.

These two coffins combine the figurine tradition with the animal mummy tradition.
DATES 664–30 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 1 3/8 x 1 1/16 x 2 1/16 in. (3.5 x 2.7 x 5.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1893, acquired by Armand de Potter; 1905, inherited from Armand de Potter by Aimee Beckwith (Mrs. Aimee S. de Potter) of Asheville, NC; March 1908, purchased from Aimee Beckwith by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Lizard Coffin, 664–30 B.C.E. Bronze, 1 3/8 x 1 1/16 x 2 1/16 in. (3.5 x 2.7 x 5.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.60. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.60_view1.jpg)
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