Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The hawk mummy, with an elaborate pattern of dyed and undyed linen, comes from the Egypt Exploration Fund excavations in Abydos in 1913. The brown dye was made from iron-bearing clay. This pattern and dying technique help identify other animal mummies as being from this site.
The falcon mummy, with undyed linen wrapped in concentric circles around it, has no known burial site. Scholars hope eventually to be able to identify the site or sites where this second wrapping technique was used, revealing more about this mummy than is currently known.
Animal remains (Common Kestrel, genus Falco), linen, wood
XXVI Dynasty or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 1/4 x 3 x 16 3/4 in. (10.8 x 7.6 x 42.5 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Hawk Mummy, 664-30 B.C.E. Animal remains (Common Kestrel, genus Falco), linen, wood, 4 1/4 x 3 x 16 3/4 in. (10.8 x 7.6 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2042.3E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 37.2042.3E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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