brooklynmuseum: The man-headed cobra on this …

brooklynmuseum:

The man-headed cobra on this coffin represents Atum and that a mummified snake inside was an offering to the god. Atum was a creator god and a personification of the setting sun. By taking the form of a snake he prepares himself for the journey through the underworld between sunset and sunrise the following day. 

Posted by Elizabeth Treptow
Snake Coffin. From Egypt. Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, Dynasty 26 or later, 664–30 b.c.e. Bronze. Brooklyn Museum.