Fowl case with mummified duck

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

Object Place: Egypt, Deir el-Bahari


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

Not On View


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects

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