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Mummy of a Falcon

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.

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

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