12 June 2002
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE AND GILT WOOD IBIS
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 B.C.
Striding forward on the left leg, with incised details of the scaling along the legs and the joints of the feet, the sinuous neck and long bill curved, the eyes bulging beneath ridged brows, the wooden body with a removable lid for the insertion of the seemingly-intact ibis mummy
17¼ in. (43.5 cm) high
The current owner's grandmother, Betty Rowe Bowdoin, received this as a gift from Jihan Sadat, the wife of Anwar Sadat.
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For a similar example see no. 91 in Fazzini, Ancient Egyptian Art in the Brooklyn Museum.
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