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. Label stuck to the base: "Horus from mummy case. H. Rider Haggard. Egypt. 1886". CONDITION NOTE 1998: Incomplete, very worn, surface dirt.