Ibis Coffin, Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C.E. wood, silver, gold and rock crystal. Egypt.

Animal mummies were placed in some type of container once the animal had been wrapped in linen. Such objects have been found by the tens of thousands in animal cemeteries at a number of sites in Egypt. At times elaborate coffins were crafted. Just as human coffins were anthropoid, those took the form of the animal contained. The ibis mummy was placed within through the detachable lid on the back. The gilding of the body and the exquisite detailing of the head, legs, and feet make this example one of the finest of its kind. More pictures: Brooklyn Museum