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Ibis Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Considered sacrosanct, the ibis was connected first with the god Thoth and later with the revered sage Imhotep. Mummified ibises found at cult sites dedicated to Thoth or Imhotep are usually understood as votives deposited by private persons either as offerings to curry favor or as gestures of appreciation for answered prayers. This elaborately preserved ibis bears witness to the extremes to which the ancient embalmers could go in their preservation of an animal. The linen wrappings, some of which have been dyed, are wound in an intricate pattern, while the bronze head attached to the mummy shows exquisite workmanship.

MEDIUM Animal remains, resin, linen
  • Place Excavated: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES 30 B.C.E.–early 1st century C.E.
    PERIOD Early Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77.0 x 14.0 x 21.0 cm) a - Ibis mummy without headdress:: 24 7/16 x 5 5/16 x 8 1/4 in. (62.0 x 13.5 x 21.0 cm) b - Headdress: 15 x 13 11/16 x 2 11/16 in. (38.1 x 34.8 x 6.9 cm)
    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.–early 1st century C.E. Animal remains, resin, linen, Ibis mummy with headdress: 30 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (77.0 x 14.0 x 21.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.655a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 14.655_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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