Statuette of the God Horus, Son of Wedjat

A work made of bronze.
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Date:

Ptolemaic Period (305–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Egyptian gods were commonly depicted with human bodies and animal heads. The animal referred to the god’s personality or characteristics, not his or her appearance. For example, this version of Horus, in the guise of the son of the goddess Wedjat, is shown with a lion head, expressive of power. The Greeks and Romans took these mixed forms literally rather than symbolically, and some Classical authors, accustomed to gods in human form, derided the Egyptians for their “ridiculous” gods, dismissing them as “dog-faced Egyptians, dressed up in linen.” Statuettes like these were offered to the gods to askfor their help or in thanks for their assistance.

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Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statuette of the God Horus, Son of Wedjat

Origin

Egypt

Date

305 BC–30 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

25.4 × 13.7 × 6.4 cm (10 × 5 3/8 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.972

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