Statue of Horus

A work made of basalt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of basalt.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

From the appearance of the first kings in Egypt (about 3000 BC), the ruler was considered to be the earthly manifestation of Horus, the god of divine kingship. Statues of Horus in the form of a falcon like this one were displayed in temples as part of the royal cult, which celebrated the ruler’s role as an intercessor between humans and gods.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statue of Horus

Origin

Egypt

Date

305 BC–30 BC

Medium

Basalt

Dimensions

52 × 48.5 × 18.75 cm (20 1/2 × 19 × 7 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Alsdorf Foundation

Reference Number

2002.632

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