the most mysterious objects encountered during the research of the
textiles, were short tubes of linen, with a pair of bird wings attached
to it. Carter examined these textiles only shortly and described them
in his notes as 'some kind of headgear'.
depictions of the pharaoh, protective wings are worn across the chest.
In all these cases however, the body of the bird, mostly a falcon,
can be seen slightly above the hips. It is unclear how these "falcons"
are fastened to the body.
found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were worn in pairs, the body of the
birds resting on the shoulders, and with the wings across the chest
and back. The tube section was in fact a short sleeve. Most likely
the heads, and part of the bodies, of the birds were covered by a
of the pharaonic art demand a complete as possible depiction of people,
animals and objects, and especially important figures as kings, gods
and protective birds like the falcon. This explains why these winged
garments were shown lower on the body in the paintings and reliefs.
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