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ID number:  ECM 6230b
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Ibis beak
Object type:  Animal
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Late Period to Ptolemaic Period (664-30 BCE)
Materials:  Bone
Provenance:  Possibly from Tuna el-Gebel, Middle Egypt
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Beak and other remains from an Ibis mummy stored in a 'Three Nuns Empire Blend' tobacco tin. The beak is consistent in morphology with a juvenile bird. Originally from the bundle of linen bandages ECM 6230c.

Notes:  The tobacco tin may point to a collection date as the brand 'Three Nuns Empire Blend' was only in production from 1935-45.

The ibis mummy was possibly intended as an offering to the god Thoth. The Egyptian also prepared elaborate effigies for sacred animals; an excellent example is the Ptolemaic cat statuettes dedicated to the goddess Bastet and inscribed with solar imagery (such as ECM 6522).

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