Mummified hawk

This mummified bird was an offering to the ancient Egyptian gods. It has been wrapped in coarse bandages over a layer of finer bandages. The top layer criss-crosses over the body in a decorative pattern and is wound horizontally around the neck and tail. This bird was recently x-rayed and CT-scanned as part of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank project at the University of Manchester.

(X-ray and CT images courtesy of The University of Manchester, and Central Manchester University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Collection Area Region
North Africa
faunal remainstextile
Common Name
mummified hawk
Simple Name
mummified bird
Period Classification
Late Period (Dynasties 26-31) - 661-332 BC; Ptolemaic Period - 332-30 BC
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mummified hawk