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Hawk Mummy

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.
MEDIUM Animal remains (Common Kestrel, genus Falco), linen, wood
DATES 664-30 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 4 1/4 x 3 x 16 3/4 in. (10.8 x 7.6 x 42.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 37.2042.3E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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