Mummified Ibis

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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.