Painted Hieroglyphs Card
Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Haremhab (KV 57)
Black and white face, yellow eye with red spot, black beak, green-blue wings and tail, tips of tail red, outline of wings and tail feathers black, white breast with black dots and black tips, yellow legs and feet with red markings, black claws.
"The "Horus falcon" (Falco sp.) shown here could be any one of four species found in modern Egypt (Houlihan 1986, 46-49). This exemplar is naturalistic. The green tint of the wings, the red tip of the tail and the red spot above the eye are all markers of the African subspecies of Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus) (Kozloff 2012, 59-60). The yellow orbital eye mark can also be clearly seen in this exemplar. This is more distinct than in the similar Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and provides further evidence for the identification. The breast, spotted brown, and pale leggings have been rendered by red marks on yellow and white respectively. The feet are naturally brown, shown here as yellow and red. Considering the variations seen in what appear to be naturalistic occurrences, it is safer to conclude that this sign probably represents any one of the falcon species: F. eleonorae, F. subbuteo, F. biarmicus or F. peregrinus."