Falcon Mummy…

by forrest fenn

Many of the objects in my collection are significant in a very small depiction of world history. Most are more interesting than they are important. Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to remember that each piece represents who we once were in a time that used to be, and that I will never be anything more than its temporary custodian. 


egyptStudying ancient Egyptian artifacts is a rewarding hobby for me. The fifteen pieces in our collection are housed in the Egyptian wing of my library.



The Egyptian wing of the Fenn Museum, 20” x 30″.


A special piece is the sixteen-inch falcon from the Middle Kingdom period (12th Dynasty – c. 2,000 BC.) It’s mummification represents the Egyptian belief in the existence of an afterlife. The linen wrappings are designed to last an eternity. It was an offering to Horus, the most powerful god in Egyptian mythology.

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When the falcon was being x-rayed at the hospital a crowd of nurses and doctors came in to watch.



Middle Kingdom faience necklace. We loaned it to Nancy Reagan’s Press Secretary who wore it opening night at the opera. She said no one knew what it was.

58 thoughts on “Falcon Mummy…

  1. So…excuse me doc. I know you are a busy guy but I have this 4,000 year old bird and was wondering if you could X-ray it?

        • I think it’s SO cool that you’re talking to us, Forrest. I can’t believe it. Thank you for sharing with us. Honestly. I just wanted to say that.

        • Mr. Fenn,

          When you x-rayed the falcon, were you just making sure a falcon was there, or were you looking/hoping for something else?

          • Both Mark J. When someone needed a falcon and couldn’t find one it was acceptable practice to fake it in order to please Horus. More importantly, I wanted to know if there was a scarab or some other object secreted within. I’m glad the x-ray proved negative because there was no way I was going to unwrap that mummy. f

    • Sokar, tarry scant, hour 4. Time to zig-zag.

      Is “just past midnight” (in your terms) hour 5, next to your secret juniper fire?

  2. So cool…forrest…What is that round object with the protrusion, on the upper right side of the first photo?…It appears to be a basket with a handle and lid..?.

  3. I like the bird photo. I think it is cool that they could wrap it so well that it lasted that long and I like the fact that you x-rayed it so we can see inside it. Curiosity all the time. Thanks Forrest. Thanks Dal.

  4. Wow! All I can say is…WOW! Forrest, you’re way too nice showing all these near-priceless pieces. I’m pretty sure most other people…assuming they’d ever own a 4,000-year-old mummified falcon…wouldn’t tell a soul they had one…except maybe others they felt were of the same “social status” or “peers”. A guy like me could ask about it and they’d likely say, “None of your falcon business.” 🙂

    I’ll bet the Press Secretary was very sad when the opera ended and she had to give the necklace back. However, thanks to you, I’m sure she felt like Cleopatra that night.

    Thanks for sharing, Forrest.

  5. Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing, f. I’m left senseless. This is the the stuff that leaves me in awe…

  6. Just when I think I will not be surprised. You drop another fascinating post here on Dal’s blog. Thanks so much 🙂

  7. Pretty amazing Forrest. Was the Falcon at one time buried with a middle kingdom Pharo? Would enjoy hearing the story of how you aquired…imagining a trip to Egypt or a trade with a major museum.

  8. Forrest,

    You have presented some fantastic pieces here, especially the necklace and ear rings.

    Could/would you be willing to share your adventures in Pompeii with us? I’m certain, it will be an exceptional story. 🙂

  9. Forrest, will you also tell us about the gold cartouche in the lower right side of the photo? You have an amazing collection! Thank you for sharing it here.

  10. Beautiful collection! The Falcon x-ray is fascinating and the necklace and earing set is stunning. Thanks for letting us see the wonderful Egyptian wing of the Fenn Museum. 🙂

  11. Fenn has to know about the Hopi and Egyptians. I’ve heard the stories all my life about Egyptian treasures in the Grand Canyon.

    I’ve wondered if Fenn ever flew below the rim to get a look at G. E. Kinkaid’s cave. Probably not, it’s against FAA regulations and Fenn would never bend the rules. 😉

  12. Sixteen. You look familiar Mr. falcon. Thanks Forrest so cool that you have these items. I would love to see the great pyramids and Sphinx. Haven’t had time to travel that direction BUT your bringing it to us. Thank you! Beautiful pieces!

  13. Very nice Perregrine, but who is the statuette on the left supposed to represent with the dreads or hair in the face?

  14. I think she can keep her mouth shut.. ..mums the word. Don’t know if falky was a female but she sure had claws. Dig in girl lol 🙂 sorry for the lack of reverence hollow weeen is almost here. Great collection.. ffe.

  15. Now THAT is exciting stuff.

    The timing of this “expose” of artifacts is brilliant…we’ll be salivating all winter long!

  16. Did I drink coffee this morning or ayahuasca? I must be dreaming because I think I just saw a falcon mummy x-ray.

    • Man, you’re not falcon kidding, 23kachinas! Will that joke EVER get old? I don’t falcon think so! 🙂 Wait! My mom is telling me to knock it off. Sorry. I swear she can’t take a falcon joke.

  17. Fascinating collection Mr. Fenn…I would be interested to see the hieroglyphs on the cartuche necklace , lower right…Wonder the name?…


    • Samsmith,
      I just wondered if you had seen my follow-up post to tomwhats story, and his follow up. it may shed some light on my comment about leaving initials…

      • Hey there Michael D…Yes, I did see them and understand a little more about what you referred to with the initials…

        I apologize if it sounded as if I was chastising you for leaving graffiti on a site kept as a memorial to posterity…
        It just struck me as something one should not do to such an historic place…And I have seen many a place spoiled by the reckless and careless out of disrespect for where they are at the moment…No blood, no foul, understand?…

        I would hope that if one desires to leave a mark or sign of their passing for those who may follow them that they erect a small stone cairn with a short note enclosed…

        These will not mar the landscape, as the forces of nature will eventually erase them anyway…And for those who don’t like to see cairns stacked around everywhere, use only one and add to it your own well wishes for the adventurers who next wander the same ground…

        It is an ancient method of communication used for centuries by various cultures around the world to leave messages for those who may strike the same trail…There is a certain thrill in knowing a traveler thought enough of others to at least say, “Hello, I was here and I go yonder.”…

        But if one has not thoughts to convey, leave it alone, it wasn’t meant for you anyway…

        Just rambling…

        • Understood Samsmith…I agree with your outlook on the subject, and understand why you felt the need to comment…We all jump to conclusions and react before we hear all the facts sometimes…I’m the KING of it…lol. I guess I’ve just been feeling “targeted” of late…perhaps I should remove the bullseye from my forehead for a while… 🙂 Have you been to your search spot yet this year?

  18. Mr.Fenn, I have been thinking all day how to express my feelings about your Falcon Mummy. It has given me pause for thought. I wonder how many of our modern day objects would retain such beauty. The detail, color, and texture of the fabric are magnificent. Thank you so much for sharing with us, and thank you Dal for having and maintaining such a great site.

  19. Ecclesiastes 9:5
    For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.

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