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Ibis Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Often, the more elaborate the wrapping, the less likely it is that the whole animal is inside, as the two CT scans shown here reveal. Perhaps the intricate wrapping substitutes for the animal.

This ibis is the most elaborately wrapped of all the animal mummies on display here. The herringbone pattern linen, the beak, and the elaborate crown all cover a mummy made only from ibis feathers. In contrast, the simple circular wrapping of this cat, with a head modeled in linen, conceals a complete cat mummy.
MEDIUM Animal remains, resin, linen
  • Place Excavated: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES 30 B.C.E.–100 C.E.
    PERIOD Early Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77 x 14 x 21 cm) a - Ibis mummy without headdress: 24 7/16 x 5 5/16 x 8 1/4 in. (62 x 13.5 x 21 cm) b - Headdress: 15 x 13 11/16 x 2 11/16 in. (38.1 x 34.8 x 6.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 14.655a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ibis Mummy, 30 B.C.E.–100 C.E. Animal remains, resin, linen, Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77 x 14 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.655a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.655_mummychamber.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, Egypt Reborn: Mummy Chamber Installation (2011), CUR.14.655_mummychamber.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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