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Sarcophagus of a serpent or eel

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Bronze sarcophagus for a serpent or eel. The eel was sacred to the creator god Atum of Heliopolis, and numbers of eels and snakes must have been offered in the god's sanctuaries. This container for such an offering combines the body of an eel with the hood and head of a cobra. The cobra wears...

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Provenance

By 1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono collection; 1981: sold to Walter Stein (Sotheby Parke-Bernet sale, December 9. 1981, no. 121); 1986: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby's (New York Sale No. 5464 May 30, 1986, no. 77).

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund

Egyptian, Late Period–Hellenistic Period, Dynasty 25–Ptolemaic, 760–30 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 14 x 3.8 x 55 cm (5 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1986.239

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects