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.

 

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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.

 

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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.