Animal Type:Falcon
Wrapping Type:square lozenge
Museum:National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
Accession Number:F 1982/12.11
Date:Roman Period ?
Description:The mummy has been given an anthropoid appearance by forming a body tapering towards protruding feet. The rather small head is much narrower than the body. The front of the head is covered with a single piece of linen, on which the various features have been applied in relief (disc-shaped eyes, beak modelled around a roll of linen) or black paint (beak with dotted line below, irises and markings around the eyes). A striated wig of horseshoe-shaped bands of linen has been applied on the rear and top of the head. There is a perforation on the crown of the head, doubtless of a separately-made headdress (now lost). The rear of the body is covered by at least two sheets of linen, the outer one now largely lost (medium-fine warp-faced tabby weave, about 13 x 28 threads/cm2). The front has three panels composed of 6-8 narrow strips of folded linen in ?-shape; the central slit of the upper panel is open above, of the central panel on the right side, and of the lower on the left side of the falcon. These panels are framed by another strip of doubled linen, passing over the throat and then folded so as to form lateral bands. The various layers have been fixed with drops of gum or resin, now coloured black, and some windings of yarn; all linen has discoloured to a rather dark yellowish brown. Holes in the various layers show decayed feathers or perhaps stalks of vegetable material. The artificial feet consist of linen, wrapped in concentric bandages, and with a separate piece of linen glued over the insteps.
Bibliography:M.J. Raven/W.K. Taconis, Egyptian mummies (Turnhout 2005), pg. 277
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