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Statuette of Re-Horakhty

A work made of copper alloy with gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper alloy with gilding.


Third Intermediate Period-Late Period, Dynasty 21–26, about 1069–525 BCE



About this artwork

Here Re-Horakhty, a combination of the solar gods Re and Horakhty, strides forward in the form of a falcon-headed male. He is identifiable by his falcon head (once crowned with a sun disk inserted into the hole at the top of his head) and the golden hieroglyphs at the center of his belt, which read, “Re-Horakhty, Chief of the Gods.” Re-Horakhty was worshipped throughout Egypt but was particularly revered in Iunu, an ancient city located near modern Cairo that the Greeks called Heliopolis (“city of the sun”) in his honor. Statuettes of deities such as this one were set up in temples and shrines to receive offerings or presented to the gods as gifts that were later ceremonially buried.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Statuette of Re-Horakhty


Egypt (Object made in)

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1069 BCE–664 BCE


Copper alloy with gilding


"Re Horakhty, chief of the gods."


25 × 8.3 × 10.5 cm (9 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 4 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming

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