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Ibis Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The CT scan shown here reveals that the wrappings of this mummy directly reflect the position of the ibis’s bones and its beak, curving over its breast. The length of the beak indicates a male.

Carbon 14 dating of a sample taken from the linen places this mummy in a period earlier than suggested by the wrapping style. Future testing will include in addition a sample from the animal itself, to determine whether old, recycled linen was used in preparing the mummy.
MEDIUM Animal remains, linen
  • Place Excavated: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES 410–200 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 28, or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 11/16 × 5 7/8 × 16 9/16 in. (14.5 × 15 × 42 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Ibis Mummy, 410–200 B.C.E. Animal remains, linen, 5 11/16 × 5 7/8 × 16 9/16 in. (14.5 × 15 × 42 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.651. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.651_negA_bw.jpg)
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