Falcon Box with Wrapped Contents, Painted and gilded wood, linen, resin, feathers

Falcon Box with Wrapped Contents

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis)
Medium:
Painted and gilded wood, linen, resin, feathers
Dimensions:
H. 58.5 cm (23 1/16 in.); W. 24.9 cm (9 13/16 in.); D. 33.3 cm (13 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.5a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
The elaborately decorated box features a falcon statuette on top of its lid. Inside is a tightly wrapped linen bundle. X-rays have shown that it does not contain a complete bird mummy but only feathers.
Purchased from Sayyid Pasha Khashaba, 1912.

Pijoán, José 1950. Summa Artis: Historia general del arte, Vol. III. 1950. Madrid, fig. 652, p. 486.