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 and painted red on the wings and base, white on the chest and face with black detailing on the head. Colours now very indistinct. Hole in the base for attachment. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Wood dry and splitting, surface loss, surface dirt.