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Mummy of a peregrine falcon, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE

The falcon was considered king of the birds in ancient Egypt and was associated with a number of gods, including the sky god Horus, who was often shown with the head of a falcon. The Eye of Horus is a hawk-like eye representing the sharpness of his protective qualities. The Eye of Horus also had healing properties. Animals associated with the gods and considered sacred were frequently mummified.

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A634912

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A corpse which has been preserved through natural or artificial methods, often for religious reasons.