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.
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
1 3/8 x 1 1/16 x 2 1/16 in. (3.5 x 2.7 x 5.2 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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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