Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
A cobra with a man’s head represented the creator god Atum. This deity swam in the primeval waters that existed before the earth came into being. He was therefore associated with the creation of the world, which in Egyptian thought reoccurred every day.
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
5 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 22 in. (14.6 x 4.8 x 55.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Snake Coffin, 664-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 22 in. (14.6 x 4.8 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.624. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 36.624_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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Oblong bronze receptacle, probably for mummified reptile, surmounted by long uraeus serpent with human head. Uraeus and double crown on head, incised details. No inscription but snake is undoubtedly a representation of Atum.
Condition: Good. Apparently it has been assembled from two pieces for there is a repair at about the center, ancient (?). The end of the base is missing.
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