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Mummy of a falcon with a bronze mask

British Museum

British Museum

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.

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  • Title: Mummy of a falcon with a bronze mask
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 28.00cm; Length: 6.50cm; Width: 6.50cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1896,0511.48
  • Place: Found/Acquired Egypt
  • Period/culture: Ptolemaic
  • Material: falcon tissue; linen; bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum

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