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Holy Cow
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Covered in wood, linen, and plaster, a cow mummy from the first or second century B.C. represents the mother of the god Serapis. Many gods in the ancient Egyptian pantheon appeared as animals. In their honor creatures such as bulls, baboons, dogs, cats, crocodiles, ibises, and falcons were mummified by the thousands and laid reverently to rest as votive offerings.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 80-200mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights

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