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Hawks protecting cartouches of Ptolemy I

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Four falcons crowned with sundiscs face each other in pairs. Cartouches of Pttolemy I and emblems separate them. There are traces of dark blue color on the wings.


From Kom Abu Billo (Terenuthis). 1887-88: excavated by F.L. Griffith for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; 1889: given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), reign of, 305–282 B.C.


Kom Abu Billo (Terenuthis), Egypt


Overall: 33 x 120 x 20 cm (13 x 47 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Doors, jambs, lintels