About this object

Mummy bundle in the shape typically used to wrap mummified falcons. The body is of plain bandaging which is in good condition. On the head a beak has been modelled in linen and there are traces of painted decoration. There seems to be the model of a headdress, probably representative of the god Re-Harakhty, evident at the back of the head. There is a rectangular label stuck to the front inscribed, "Mummy of a hawk with bandages".

The mummy was X-rayed and CT imaged at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 19th April 2016 as part of the University of Manchester’s Animal Bio Bank Project (ref. AEABB735). Radiographic scans revealed that the head is false with no skeletal material inside. The main body of the mummy bundle contains what appears to be incomplete bird remains – evidence of two legs and two wings, with a portion of ribcage and no skull. There is a dense patch within the bundle of unknown origin.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    332 BC - 30 BC
  • Materials
    Animal; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 110 mm x 360 mm
  • Note
    Acquired at Steven's Auction Rooms, London, 22 July 1924 lot 224 "mummy hawk with very fine and perfect wrappings" (same source as a head rest - formerly in the Wellcome Collection no. 28909).
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

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    Start date: 1924-07-22
    End date: 1924-07-22
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Previous owners

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