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An Egyptian ibis sarcophagus in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts : a technical report

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Author:
Schorsch, Deborah  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1988
Notes:
Illustrations (some color).
The wood and bronze ibis sarcophagus acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1965 (at a period when these ibises were popular on the art market) is shown to be largely a modern work. That is, the metal neck/head, legs and tail feathers are in all probability modern castings. The wooden body of the ibis, however, is likely to be genuinely ancient. These results follow X-ray analysis of the object and wood and metal sampling. The Virginia Museum will re-install this piece with explanatory material that presents these findings along with the broader contextual material on Egyptian ibis sarcophagi.
Topic:
Sarcophagi, Egyptian  Search this
Ibises in African art  Search this
X-rays imagery  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A787
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_760323