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Fowl case with mummified duck

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Wooden box and lid in the form of a dressed bird. The interior was coated with resin to seal the two halves together. The exterior was plastered, bound with a strip of linen, and then coated in oil or resin. The box contained a duck that had been wrapped in linen and coated in oil or resin.


Possibly from the tomb of Seniu at Deir el-Bahari (Cf. BullMMA. Dec. 1920, II. pp. 4 ff.). By 1937: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 1937: recieved by the MFA through exchange with Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Credit Line

Recieved from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by exchange

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep I, 1514–1493 B.C.

Object Place

Deir el-Bahari, Egypt


Length of case (a-b): 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.) Length of fowl (c): 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood / linen / organic material


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects