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Falcon

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.); W. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); L. 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.233
Not on view
The falcon stands with his wings swept back. The figure has beautifully rendered facial markings and short and long feathers all over the body. The tail extends back behind the bird in a single long, clean line. The falcon could be a standalone offering but it is very likely that it once stood on a mummy box, which would have housed a falcon mummy. Such falcon mummy boxes, or sarcophagi, would have been offered for deposition in animal necropoleis, not just in relation to the cult of the famous falcon god Horus, but also more broadly in association with solar cult.
Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

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