Mirror with falcons

New Kingdom, early Dynasty 18
1539–1425 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Semna, Tomb S 552


Height x length x width: 21.9 x 12 x 1.4 cm (8 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Found in an Eighteenth Dynasty tomb at Semna, this mirror belongs to a type characteristic of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. The handle decoration, a papyrus column with two hawks, reveals the influence of the Kerma Culture, suggesting that the mirror is the product of a local workshop. (Sudan catalogue)


From Semna: tomb S 552. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: March 5, 1924

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition