Pectoral in the Shape of a Falcon
This falcon-shaped gold pectoral is one of many falcon jewels found adorning Tutankhamun’s neck. In ancient Egypt, the falcon was seen as the god of the sky and the sun, as well as a protector and embodiment of the king. The shen rings gripped in each of the falcon’s talons serve as a symbol of eternity. Falcon, cobra and vulture-themed jewelry were all thought to guard against any evil the king might encounter in the afterlife. In total, about 150 protective objects like the one depicted above were found buried with Tutankhamun.
© Andreas Voegelin, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig