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Mummy of a falcon with a bronze mask

From Egypt Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC

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Length: 28.000 cm

EA 27388

Ancient Egypt and Sudan

    Mummy of a falcon with a bronze mask

    From Egypt
    Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC

    Large numbers of falcon mummies have been discovered at various sites in Egypt. This example has been prepared with exceptional care. The linen wrappings have been carefully arranged in a geometrical pattern, and the head covered with a miniature bronze mask representing the falcon's features.

    The mask also has a tripartite wig with parallel striations, indicating the bird's divine status.

    C.A.R. Andrews, Egyptian mummies (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)

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