Ibis Egg Mummy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The CT scan reproduced here shows that this egg-shaped wrapping conceals what is probably a small bird. Egyptian priests incubated bird eggs, which perhaps were taken from nests or laid by birds in captivity. Priests in animal sanctuaries took responsibility for breeding and feeding the birds until it was time to make them into mummies.
Animal remains, linen
30 B.C.E. – 100 C.E.
Early Roman Period
2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 3 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 7.6 cm)
as mounted: 3 1/2 × 5 × 5 in. (8.9 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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Ibis Egg Mummy, 30 B.C.E. – 100 C.E. Animal remains, linen, 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 3 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.654. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 14.654_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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