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Mummy of an ibis

British Museum

British Museum

This is an exceptionally fine ibis mummy, in an excellent state of preservation, with intricately arranged wrapping. The ibis was the sacred bird of the god Thoth, the scribe of the gods, and the moon deity, the patron of scribes, writing, mathematics and language.Many ibis mummies have been discovered, particularly at Saqqara. All were wrapped in linen bandages, and many of them then sealed in conical pottery jars.

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Details

  • Title: Mummy of an ibis
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 43.20cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1914,1010.41
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Abydos
  • Period/culture: Roman Period
  • Material: ibis tissue; linen
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund

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