Relief Plaque Depicting the God Horus as a Falcon

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period (664–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Horus, shown as a falcon or a falcon-headed man, was one of the most important gods of the Egyptian pantheon. First appearing about 3000 B.C. Horus continued to be revered through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Each Egyptian king was considered to be the “Living Horus on Earth.” The king would often wear a double crown, which symbolized rule over both Northern and Southern Egypt. Here Horus is shown wearing such a crown,confirming the king’s shared identity with the god. Behind Horus is the disk of the sun, protected by a uraeus, a snake symbolizing royalty, from which hangs an ankh, the sign for life.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Relief Plaque Depicting the God Horus as a Falcon

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BC–30 BC

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

31.1 × 28.3 × 3.2 cm (12 1/4 × 11 1/8 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.258

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