Mummy of a Falcon

Mummified animals were quite common in Egypt and included all sorts of animals and birds thought to represent various divinities. The mummy of a falcon represents the god Horus. The falcon is wrapped in the shape of a human mummy.

The head is covered with a falcon-shaped mask, which consists of several layers of linen with a thick coating of painted stucco. The linen bandages intersect to form lozenge shapes. The mummy wears a wig and a pectoral, a large piece of jewelry that is worn on the chest. The inlaid eyes are painted in red.

Mummified falcon. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 91451
Mummified falcon. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 91451

Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 91451

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