Egyptian. <em>Ibis Mummy</em>, 400-110 B.C.E. Animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment, 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (12.1 x 7 x 28.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1179.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1179.4_top_PS2.jpg)

Ibis Mummy

Artist:Egyptian

Medium: Animal remains (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus or an African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus), linen, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:400-110 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (12.1 x 7 x 28.6 cm)

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Accession Number: X1179.4

Image: X1179.4_top_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The object is a mummified ibis, wrapped in linens, into a singular triangular-like shape. The front surface is decorated with linens folded and placed in a way to form a geometric pattern. Darker linens also form a decorative triangle pattern. At least two different linens were used; one being a finer weave, and the other more coarse. The dark linen is also a more coarse weave. On the underside, the ends of linen are secured with a dark colored resin. Condition: The mummy is in poor and unstable condition. The dark brown linens are more deteriorated than the natural linen. It is missing in some areas, and the remaining material is split and powdery. The natural linens are in fair condition, though there are some tears throughout. There appears to be a complete ibis within the linens. A beak, neck, torso, legs and wings are all visible. It appears to be laid out in the typical manner for ibis mummies; the neck has been doubled back onto the body, the wings and legs have been bent up against the body.

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