About this object

Mummified Ibis wrapped in linen with paper label attached with black ink annotation: "No. 51 Ibis Mummy fro the Ibis Tomb Sacchara". Radiographs are required to confirm contents. Ibises were sacred birds of Thoth the god of scribes and writing. The long beak of the ibis reminded the Egyptians of a scribe’s pen dipped in ink. Worshippers donated bronze and faience figures or the mummified remains of an ibis as gifts to Thoth. This well wrapped mummy came from Saqqara where over four million ibises were buried. This is one of four ibis mummies collected by Rev. Dr. Hermann Philip and Mrs Dora Philip.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic; Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    664 BC - 395 AD about
  • Materials
    Linen; Animal Remains; Paper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr William Crosfield, 1861
  • Collector
    Hermann Philip
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1850 about
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 370 mm
  • Note
    Previously in the collection of Dr Herman Philip and Mrs Dora Philip of 32 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh.
  • Related people
    William Henry Crosfield (Previous owner); Hermann Philip (Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Hermann Philip

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861-04-13
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William Henry Crosfield

    Owned from: 1861-04-13
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861-04-16
    Disposal method: Sold
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