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.
Animal remains, resin, linen
30 B.C.E.–100 C.E.
Early Roman Period
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)
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Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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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)
installation, Egypt Reborn: Mummy Chamber Installation (2011), CUR.14.655_mummychamber.jpg
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