Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Mummies of animals, the most numerous type of artifact from ancient Egypt, number in the millions. The animals mummified represented a god or goddess, such as the cat belonging to the goddess Bastet or the ibis belonging to the god Thoth. Some animal mummies contained a papyrus with a request to the god written on it. Animals were mummified using the same techniques as with humans.
Animal remains, linen, pigment
Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 27
Third Intermediate Period or later
5 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 24 1/2 in. (14 × 9.5 × 62.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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