Egyptian Pot

By
Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.

This ancient Egyptian conical ceramic pot, likely dating to the 3rd century BCE to 1st century CE, contains an ibis mummy wrapped in linen. In ancient times, animal mummies were placed inside pots as gifts to the gods, which were then sealed, but an unfortunate event in modern times led to a break at the bottom of the pot. However lucky for us, it creates the opportunity to peep inside the pot, revealing the ibis mummy. The new storage mount, seen in the first two images below, stabilizes the pot and the broken base and prevents any further damage.

Ibis mummies were frequently offered as gifts to the god Thoth, the god of wisdom and knowledge. Learn more about the god Thoth on our website at this link: http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/…/ancient-egypti…/thoth/.