Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Falcon on headgear

Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44)

NOTE: This variable refers to falcons in any location on the headgear.  Generally, they are shown wrapped around the back of the head, as seen here, but sometimes the bird–representative of the god Horus–perches atop the crown instead.  The variations in position are noted in the database.  The falcon wrapped protectively around the back of pharaoh’s head appears early in Egypt’s history; a well known example is the diorite statue of Khafre (builder of the second of the pyramids at Giza), now in the Cairo Museum (JE 100062).

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