Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Votive animal mummies were associated with the king of the realm of the dead, Osiris, while his son, the hawk-headed Horus, was his successor on earth.
Osiris became the prototype for proper death because he was the first to be mummified and achieved eternal life in the next world. Thus all mummies of humans and animals imitated the mummification process and form followed to reanimate Osiris in the next world.
Wood, garnet (?), gold, pigment
ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
3 11/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. (9.3 x 4.2 x 3.1 cm) (show scale)
Museum Collection Fund
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Hawk-Headed Handle, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Wood, garnet (?), gold, pigment, 3 11/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. (9.3 x 4.2 x 3.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.660. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.14.660_view1.jpg)
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