San Antonio Museum or Art

Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Photograph by Peggy Tenison

Ibis
Egyptian, Late Period-Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 BC
h. 11.2cm; w. 6.2 cm; d. 17 cm
Painted Wood and Bronze
Gift of Mrs. Beryl McCleary
2012.3.1

This ibis presents Thoth, the patron god of scribes, in one of his animal forms. The ibis figure may have decorated a coffin for an animal mummy. Many mummified animals were dedicated to the gods as votive offerings during the Late Period and the Ptolemaic Period. This ibis's body is made of painted wood, while the head, neck and legs are bronze. The ibis was given to the museum by Mrs. Beryl McCleary, who acquired it while living in Egypt between 1963 and 1967.