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Falcon Reliquary
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Falcon Reliquary


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Description This statuette, likely dedicated to the falcon-god Horus, is missing its crown and eye inlays. The structure of the feathers is carefully incised. The base is inscribed with texts of adoration and prayer. Examination through the hole in the head revealed bird bones that had been wrapped in linen and placed inside through a trap door between the statuette's legs. A neutron-induced radiograph also reveals the presence of bones inside the reliquary.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/30/1957Treatmentcleaned
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
6/24/1981Examinationexamined for condition
6/16/1992Examinationexamined for condition
6/26/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] To be recited: Osiris-Wennefer, the Great God, Lord of Heaven, Royal Youth, wearing the white crown, who went forth from the body of the two uraeus serpents, the uraeus is upon the great forehead of the one who has dwelt in the body of Nut. To be recited: Osiris who rules in the west, may he give life, health, long lifetime, and a long and good age to Iwer-hotep-her-nebef, son of Ren-ef-hesy.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 600-350 BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze, bird bones, linen
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.547
Measurements
H: 8 15/16 in. (22.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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