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.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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As displayed: 65 mm x 272 mm x 63 mm, 0.182 kg
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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