Egyptian Falcon Mummy
An ancient Egyptian mummified falcon intricately wrapped in thin bands of linen strips interwoven across the chest, the beak and eyes indicated in black bitumen.
Late Period, ca. 700 ? 30 BC.
The falcon or Egyptian hawk was especially associated with the god Horus. The bird was thought to represent the Ba, or physical manifestation of Horus which was the divine guardian of the Pharaoh. The much revered raptor was often carefully mummified and interred in cemeteries held sacred to Horus.
Cf. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut, inv. no. 1980.89, an Egyptian falcon sarcophagus with mummy.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection, acquired from J. Malter & Co., California in 1971.