Mummified Ibis

M13647a
Mummified animal wrapped in linen bands. Described by Percy Newberry as a mummified ibis (however, 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