About this object

Mummified ibis wrapped in linen bands (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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Romano-Egyptian
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    395 AD before
  • Materials
    Linen; Body-Part Animal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Sams
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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