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Box for a Mummified Animal with Snake Figure

A work made of copper alloy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper alloy.

Date:

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period (664–30 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

A snake lies coiled in a figure-eight shape on top of this empty box designed to hold a mummified animal. Ancient Egyptians presented objects like this in temples as votive gifts to gods and goddesses, tailoring the enclosed mummified animal to one that had a specific connection with the deity whose favor was sought. Such a gift in a sacred space could help ensure that the prayer would be received. The hieroglyphic inscription on the front of this box names the worshiper who dedicated it and invokes Atum, a creator god whom the ancient Egyptians sometimes depicted in the form of a snake.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Box for a Mummified Animal with Snake Figure

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

664 BCE–30 BCE

Medium

Copper alloy

Inscriptions

Inscribed with prayer to Atum

Dimensions

4.1 × 5 × 8.1 cm (1 5/8 × 2 × 3 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson and Henry H. Getty

Reference Number

1892.159

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