Mummy of a peregrine falcon, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE

Made:
2000-1001 BCE in Egypt
Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC. Graduated matt black perspex background.

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Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC. Graduated matt black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC

The falcon was considered king of the birds in ancient Egypt and was associated with a number of gods, including the sky god Horus, who was often shown with the head of a falcon. The Eye of Horus is a hawk-like eye representing the sharpness of his protective qualities. The Eye of Horus also had healing properties. Animals associated with the gods and considered sacred were frequently mummified.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634912
Materials:
complete and linen (textile)
Measurements:
As displayed: 65 mm x 272 mm x 63 mm, 0.182 kg
type:
mummy
taxonomy:
credit:
Bushe-Fox