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Falcon

Location

EGYPT

Era

New Kingdom (1539-1077 B.C.E.)

Title

Falcon

Materials

Wood, pigments

Dimensions

20.3 x 9.5 x 22 cm (without base)

Credits

Purchase, gift of F. Cleveland Morgan, inv. 1953.B.2

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Thanks to the diversity of its environments, which provided suitable diets for them, Egypt was home to at least ten species of falcon. The bird was particularly known for its connection with the god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris, who was either depicted as a falcon or as falcon-headed. As the legitimate heir of the throne of his father Osiris, the falcon Horus was also closely associated with the pharaoh, who was his embodiment on earth.

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