Australian White Ibis Ornament

Australian White Ibis Ornament


Did you know that the reason why so many Australians dislike Ibises is the very same reason why they were worshipped in Ancient Egypt? The Ancient Egyptian God Thoth had the head of an Ibis and was celebrated for bringing rain and clearing disease. In fact, Ibises were so beloved for their ability to eat refuse in Ancient Egyptian times that they often mummified them and gave them a lavish funeral fit for a God. But the Ibises we Sydneysiders know today weren’t always so plentiful. Did you know the zoo released them in the 1970’s and before then they were a rarity?

Also, as much as some Sydneysiders will tell you otherwise, the Australian White Ibis is in fact a native Australian bird, although it has quite the tale of being identified as such. But that’s for another time. For now, let’s try to think fondly of Ibises like the Egyptians did because trust me, you’ll miss them if they’re gone one day.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

75mm x 113mm
Hand painted wooden ornament with jute twine / painted one-side.

* Since this item is handmade, each ornament is slightly varied in patterning, texture, wood grain or burn.

Designed and made locally in Sydney.

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