<em>Shrew Coffin with Mummy</em>, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, animal remains, linen, 37.1362Ea (Coffin): 3 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (7.7 x 7.1 x 17.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1362Ea-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.1362Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)

Shrew Coffin with Mummy

Medium: Wood, pigment, animal remains, linen

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:664-332 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 37.1362Ea (Coffin): 3 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (7.7 x 7.1 x 17.3 cm) 37.1362Eb (Panel): 3 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 11/16 in. (8.9 x 39.4 x 1.8 cm) 37.1362Ec (Mummy): 1 x 1 x 4 13/16 in. (2.6 x 2.6 x 12.3 cm)



Accession Number: 37.1362Ea-c

Image: 37.1362Ea-b_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
One wooden coffin for a shrew mouse. The coffin (37.1362Ea) is roughly rectangular in shape with a sliding wooden panel on the side (37.1362Eb), which opens to allow access to the interior. Atop the coffin a representation of a shrew mouse had been carved. This is one piece with the coffin. Eyes, ears, feet, and tail as well as the snout are realistically rendered. The coffin was painted in a very colorful manner. The sliding panel being decorated with three circles. The end panels are painted with a lotus blossom and are circle design like that of the panel, respectively. A red border has been painted around the top side. The colors employed are red, black, and white. No gesso was used. A mummy is contained within (37.1362Ec). Condition: The paint is slowly disappearing. Much is lost from the sliding panel and the end panels, especially that bearing the circle motif. The other end panel had fared better. Some superficial cracks exist.

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