Falcon Figurine



Carved wooden figure in the form of a mummified falcon representing the funerary god Sokar, a god of fertility associated with the Memphite necropolis (the site of the great pyramids of the Old Kingdom) that later merged with the gods Osiris and Ptah. The figure is actually a furniture-fitting, once positioned on top of a coffin or a funerary box. Carved wood with applied layer of plaster, painted red with cross-hatch design in black/blue and yellow on the wings; white on the base chest with a bead collar of red and blue; and white on the face with black, blue and black detailing on the head. Hole in the base for attachment. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Surface loss, chipped, surface dirt.