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Vulture Headdress Inlay

Vulture Headdress Inlay

100–1 BCE
(332 BCE–395 CE), Ptolemaic dynasty (305–30 BCE)
Overall: 3 x 2.8 cm (1 3/16 x 1 1/8 in.)
Location: 107 Egyptian

Did You Know?

When creating this headdress, artisans used numerous semiprecious stones with inset partitions to keep them separate. To ensure that the stones would stay in place, a resin-like material was used as an adhesive.


The vulture headdress was worn by goddesses and queens. This inlay in the form of a vulture headdress has more than 100 stones: lapis lazuli (dark blue), turquoise (light blue), petrified wood (red), and an unidentified white stone painstakingly cut to shape and separated by thin plates of gold. Body, wing, and tail feathers are carefully distinguished in minute detail.
  • Said to be from the "Treasure of Dendara."
    Ralph H. Blanchard, Cairo, Egypt, through Howard Carter, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Howard Carter: Before the Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb. The British Museum, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (organizer) (November 13, 1992-May 31, 1993).
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