Standing Figure of an Ibis

Unknown305-30 B.C.E.

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Standing figure of an ibis serving as container for mummified ibis. Wooden body, entire surface gilded. Conventionalized tail indicated by black paint over the gilt. Top of body cut for cover which runs entire length of body. Head and feet cast (solid?) in silver. Eyes of crystal outlined in gold. Incised necklace at base of neck. Mounted on oblong wooden base, apparently original, of rough work. Mummified ibis within body. Condition: Intact. Minor chips along edges of cover. One section on front of body where gesso base has lifted and cracked. Gilt is covered with resin (?) which may be remains of a varnish.

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  • Title: Standing Figure of an Ibis
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 305-30 B.C.E.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/3532/Standing_Figure_of_an_Ibis
  • Medium: Wood, silver, gold, and rock crystal
  • Possible place collected: Tuna el-Gebel, Egypt
  • Period: Ptolemaic Period
  • Dimensions: 15 1/16 x 7 15/16 x 21 15/16 in. (38.2 x 20.2 x 55.8 cm)
  • Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Accession number: 49.48